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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938610/ghrelin-produces-antidepressant-like-effect-in-the-estrogen-deficient-mice
#1
Jie Fan, Bing Jin Li, Xue Feng Wang, Li Li Zhong, Ran Ji Cui
Recent evidence shows that ghrelin plays an important role in depression. However, it was little known whether ghrelin produces antidepressant-like effect in the ovariectomized mice. The present study was aimed to investigate the antidepressant-like effects of the ghrelin in ovariectomized mice. In the forced swim test, ghrelin significantly decreased immobility time, reversing the "depressive-like" effect observed in ovariectomized mice, and this effect was reversed by the tamoxifen. In addition, immunohistochemical study indicated that ghrelin treatment reversed the reductions in c-Fos expression induced by ovariectomy...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935957/modulation-of-cyclic-nucleotide-mediated-cellular-signaling-and-gene-expression-using-photoactivated-adenylyl-cyclase-as-an-optogenetic-tool
#2
Meenakshi Tanwar, Lohit Khera, Nemneineng Haokip, Rajeev Kaul, Aruna Naorem, Suneel Kateriya
Cyclic nucleotide signaling pathway plays a significant role in various biological processes such as cell growth, transcription, inflammation, in microbial pathogenesis, etc. Modulation of cyclic nucleotide levels by optogenetic tools has overcome certain limitations of studying transduction cascade by pharmacological agents and has allowed several ways to modulate biological processes in a spatiotemporal manner. Here, we have shown the optogenetic modulation of the cyclooxygenase 2 (Cox-2) gene expression and their downstream effector molecule (PGE2) in HEK-293T cells and the development process of Dictyostelium discoideum via modulating the cyclic nucleotide (cAMP) signaling pathway utilizing photoactivated adenylyl cyclases (PACs) as an optogenetic tool...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933598/autophagy-gene-atg7-regulates-ultraviolet-radiation-induced-inflammation-and-skin-tumorigenesis
#3
Lei Qiang, Ashley Sample, Christopher R Shea, Keyoumars Soltani, Kay F Macleod, Yu-Ying He
Macroautophagy (hereafter autophagy) is a cellular "self-eating" process that is implicated in many human cancers, where it can act to either promote or suppress tumorigenesis. However, the role of autophagy in regulation of inflammation during tumorigenesis remains unclear. Here we show that autophagy is induced in the epidermis by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation and autophagy gene Atg7 promoted UV-induced inflammation and skin tumorigenesis. Atg7 regulated UV-induced cytokine expression and secretion, and promoted Ptgs2/Cox-2 expression through both a CREB1/CREB-dependent cell autonomous mechanism and an IL1B/IL1β-dependent non-cell autonomous mechanism...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932185/hyperactivity-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-due-to-dysfunction-of-the-hypothalamic-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-sigma-1-receptor-knockout-mice
#4
Tingting Di, Suyun Zhang, Juan Hong, Tingting Zhang, Ling Chen
Sigma-1 receptor knockout (σ1R-KO) mice exhibit a depressive-like phenotype. Because σ1R is highly expressed in the neuronal cells of hypothalamic paraventricular nuclei (PVN), this study investigated the influence of σ1R deficiency on the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis. Here, we show that the levels of basal serum corticosterone (CORT), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) as well as the level of CRF mRNA in PVN did not significantly differ between adult male σ1R-KO mice and wild-type (WT) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931541/molecular-mechanisms-involved-in-the-adaptive-regulation-of-colonic-thiamin-pyrophosphate-tpp-uptake-process
#5
Kasin Yadunandam Anandam, Padmanabhan Srinivasan, Veedamali S Subramanian, Hamid M Said
A considerable amount of the thiamin generated by gut microbiota exists in the form of thiamin pyrophosphate (TPP). We have previously shown that human colonocytes possess an efficient carrier-mediated uptake process for TPP that involves the SLC44A4 system and this uptake process is adaptively-regulated by prevailing extracellular TPP level. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms that mediate this adaptive regulation. We addressed this issue using human-derived colonic epithelial NCM460 cells and mouse colonoids as models...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925407/foxc2-coordinates-inflammation-and-browning-of-white-adipose-by-leptin-stat3-prdm16-signal-in-mice
#6
L Gan, Z Liu, F Feng, T Wu, D Luo, C Hu, C Sun
AIMS: The objective of this study is to characterize the relationship between forkhead box C2 protein (Foxc2) and leptin under adipose inflammatory response. METHODS: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory model was conducted. Data from wild-type and ob/ob mice were used to compare the alternative role of leptin on Foxc2-mediated inflammation and browning. Transcriptional regulation and protein-protein interaction were analyzed by bioinformatics and proved by chromatin immunoprecipitation and co-immunoprecipitation experiment...
August 23, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923857/metalnc9-facilitates-lung-cancer-metastasis-via-a-pgk1-activated-akt-mtor-pathway
#7
Ming Yao, Tao Yu, Ying-Jun Zhao, Zhixiang Hu, Jing Li, Dandan Chu, Jiwei Zhang, Zhe Li, Bing Chen, Xiao Zhang, Hongyu Pan, Shengli Li, Hechun Lin, Lei Liu, Mingxia Yan, Xianghuo He
Long non-coding RNAs participate in carcinogenesis and tumor progression in lung cancer. Here we report the identification of a lncRNA signature associated with metastasis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In particular, elevated expression of LINC00963 (MetaLnc9) in human NSCLC specimens correlated with poor prognosis, promoted migration and invasion of NSCLC cells in vitro, and enhanced lung metastasis formation in vivo. Mechanistic investigations showed that MetaLnc9 interacted with the glycolytic kinase PGK1 and prevented its ubiquitination in NSCLC cells, leading to activation of the oncogenic AKT/mTOR signaling pathway...
September 18, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923416/cocaine-modulates-allosteric-d2-%C3%AF-1-receptor-receptor-interactions-on-dopamine-and-glutamate-nerve-terminals-from-rat-striatum
#8
Sarah Beggiato, Andrea Celeste Borelli, Dasiel Borroto-Escuela, Ilaria Corbucci, Maria Cristina Tomasini, Matteo Marti, Tiziana Antonelli, Sergio Tanganelli, Kjell Fuxe, Luca Ferraro
The effects of nanomolar cocaine concentrations, possibly not blocking the dopamine transporter activity, on striatal D2-σ1 heteroreceptor complexes and their inhibitory signaling over Gi/o, have been tested in rat striatal synaptosomes and HEK293T cells. Furthermore, the possible role of σ1 receptors (σ1Rs) in the cocaine-provoked amplification of D2 receptor (D2R)-induced reduction of K(+)-evoked [(3)H]-DA and glutamate release from rat striatal synaptosomes, has also been investigated. The dopamine D2-likeR agonist quinpirole (10nM-1μM), concentration-dependently reduced K(+)-evoked [(3)H]-DA and glutamate release from rat striatal synaptosomes...
September 18, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921456/blood-brain-barrier-in-a-haemophilus-influenzae-type-a-in-vitro-infection-role-of-adenosine-receptors-a2a-and-a2b
#9
N Caporarello, M Olivieri, M Cristaldi, M Scalia, M A Toscano, C Genovese, A Addamo, M Salmeri, G Lupo, C D Anfuso
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is mainly made up of tightly connected microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs), surrounded by pericytes (BMPCs) which regulate BBB tightness by providing soluble factors that control endothelial proliferation. Haemophilus influenzae type a (Hia) is able to reach the BBB, crossing it, thus causing meningitis. In this study, by using an in vitro model of BBB, performed with human BMECs and human BMPCs in co-culture, we demonstrated that, after Hia infection, the number of hBMPCs decreased whereas the number of hBMECs increased in comparison with non-infected cells...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919534/glutamate-induced-rapid-induction-of-arc-arg3-1-requires-nmda-receptor-mediated-phosphorylation-of-erk-and-creb
#10
Tao Chen, Jie Zhu, Li-Kun Yang, Yi Feng, Wei Lin, Yu-Hai Wang
Arc/Arg3.1 is a unique immediate early gene whose expression is highly dynamic and correlated with various forms of synaptic plasticity. Many previous reports highlight the complexity of mechanisms that regulate Arc/Arg3.1 expression in neurons. In the present study, the expression and regulation of Arc/Arg3.1 after glutamate treatment in primary cultured cortical neurons were investigated. We found that both Arc/Arg3.1 mRNA and Arc/Arg3.1 protein dynamically increased within 24h after glutamate treatment. The results of immunostaining showed that abundant amounts of Arc/Arg3...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919486/resveratrol-inhibits-proliferation-promotes-differentiation-and-melanogenesis-in-ht-144-melanoma-cells-through-inhibition-of-mek-erk-kinase-pathway
#11
Ming-Jun Lei, Yao Dong, Chun-Xia Sun, Xiang-Hong Zhang
The present study was aimed to investigate the effect of resveratrol on the viability of HT-144 melanoma cells and formation of melanin. MTT assay was used for analysis of cell viability and western blot for determination of phospho-Mek 1/2, phospho-Erk 1/2 (Tyr-204), Mitf, PBG-D and p-CREB-1 expression. MTT assay results showed that treatment of HT-144 cells with various doses of resveratrol led to a concentration dependent inhibition of proliferation. The antiproliferative activity was significant at 15 μM concentration of resveratrol after 24 h...
September 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919111/promethazine-hydrochloride-inhibits-ectopic-fat-cell-formation-in-skeletal-muscle
#12
Takehiro Kasai, Masashi Nakatani, Naoki Ishiguro, Kinji Ohno, Naoki Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Morita, Harumoto Yamada, Kunihiro Tsuchida, Akiyoshi Uezumi
Fatty degeneration of skeletal muscle leads to muscle weakness and loss of function. Preventing fatty degeneration in skeletal muscle is important, but no drug has been used clinically. In this study, we performed drug repositioning using human platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα)-positive mesenchymal progenitors that have been proved to be an origin of ectopic adipocytes in skeletal muscle. We found that promethazine hydrochloride (PH) inhibits adipogenesis in a dose-dependent manner without cell toxicity...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917975/the-memory-ameliorating-effects-of-dhp1402-an-herbal-mixture-on-cholinergic-blockade-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-in-mice
#13
Haneul Kim, Hyung Eun Lee, In Ho Jung, Se Jin Jeon, Jiabao Zhang, Yubeen Kwon, Dae Sik Jang, Jong Hoon Ryu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosa (Bunge) Hu ex H.F Chow (rhamnaceae) and Codonopsis lanceolata (Siedbold & Zucc.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Trautv. (campanulaceae), compositions of DHP1402, have long been used for treating anti-dementia or hypomnesia as folk medicine. AIM OF THE STUDY: It has been reported that Z. jujuba var. spinosa and C. lanceolata are effective on cognitive function with different mechanism of action. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated the synergistic effects of Ziziphus jujuba var...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916724/a-novel-mechanism-for-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii-targeting-to-l-type-ca-2-channels-that-initiates-long-range-signaling-to-the-nucleus
#14
Xiaohan Wang, Christian R Marks, Tyler L Perfitt, Terunaga Nakagawa, Amy Lee, David A Jacobson, Roger J Colbran
Neuronal excitation can induce new mRNA transcription, a phenomenon called excitation-transcription (E-T) coupling. Among several pathways implicated in E-T coupling, activation of voltage-gated L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs) in the plasma membrane can initiate a signaling pathway that ultimately increases nuclear CREB phosphorylation and, in most cases, expression of immediate early genes. Initiation of this long-range pathway has been shown to require recruitment of Ca(2+)-sensitive enzymes to a nanodomain in the immediate vicinity of the LTCC by an unknown mechanism...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915638/oleoylethanolamide-inhibits-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-stimulated-melanogenesis-via-erk-akt-and-creb-signaling-pathways-in-b16-melanoma-cells
#15
Juan Zhou, Tong Ren, Ying Li, Anran Cheng, Wanyi Xie, Lanxi Xu, Lu Peng, Jinbin Lin, Lianxiang Lian, Yong Diao, Xin Jin, Lichao Yang
The present study aimed to examine the potential inhibitory activity of oleoylethanolamide (OEA) on α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-stimulated melanogenesis and the molecular mechanism(s) involved in the process in B16 mouse melanoma cells. Our data demonstrated that OEA markedly inhibited melanin synthesis and tyrosinase activity in α-MSH-stimulated B16 cells. In addition, the expression of melanogenesis-related proteins, such as melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), tyrosinase-related protein-1 (TRP-1) and tyrosinase, was suppressed in a concentration-dependent manner by OEA...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915561/differentially-expressed-lncrnas-and-mirnas-with-associated-cerna-networks-in-aged-mice-with-postoperative-cognitive-dysfunction
#16
Changwei Wei, Ting Luo, Shanshan Zou, Xiaobin Zhou, Wenzhen Shen, Xiaolin Ji, Qi Li, Anshi Wu
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a common postoperative complication observed in elderly patients. Using microarray analyses, we comprehensively compared long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), messenger RNA (mRNA), and microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in hippocampal tissues from a mouse model of POCD and control mice. A total of 175 lncRNAs, 117 mRNAs, and 26 miRNAs were differentially expressed between POCD and control mice. Gene ontology (GO) and KEGG pathway enrichment analyses were performed to explore the principal functions of dysregulated genes...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912247/mir-212-mediates-counter-regulation-on-crh-expression-and-hpa-axis-activity-in-male-mice
#17
Yuxiao Tang, Xingjian Cai, Hongwei Zhang, Hui Shen, Wanyin Wang, Zhilei Shen, Wei Gu, Changquan Ling, Min Li
The mechanisms of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis regulation have been studied persistently but still are not elucidated. Considering the emerging roles of microRNA in stress response, we conducted a microRNA microarray in mice hypothalamus to identify the potential role of microRNAs in regulating the HPA axis. In total, 41 microRNAs changed during heat stress, in which we found that miR-212 contains binding sequence with corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) 3'UTR according to sequence analysis. We observed that miR-212 expression in the hypothalamus was escalated by repeated heat and restraint stress...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911966/fluoxetine-administration-during-adolescence-attenuates-cognitive-and-synaptic-deficits-in-adult-3%C3%A3-tgad-mice
#18
Dong-Sheng Sun, Li-Feng Gao, Li Jin, Hao Wu, Qun Wang, You Zhou, Shuhao Fan, Xia Jiang, Dan Ke, Hao Lei, Jian-Zhi Wang, Gong-Ping Liu
Fluoxetine (FLX) has broad neurobiological functions and neuroprotective effects; however, the preventive effects of FLX on cognitive impairments in Alzheimer's disease (AD) have not been reported. Here, we studied whether adolescent administration of fluoxetine can prevent memory deficits in AD transgenic mice that harbour PS1m146v, APPswe and TauP301L mutations (3 × TgAD). FLX was applied through peritoneal injection to the mice at postnatal day 35 (p35) for 15 consecutive days, and the effects of FLX were observed at 6-month...
September 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904288/alpha-pvp-induces-the-rewarding-effect-via-activating-dopaminergic-neuron
#19
Kyoko Hataoka, Asuka Kaizaki-Mitsumoto, Satoshi Numazawa
A synthetic cathinone, 1-phenyl-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-pentanone (α-PVP), was occasionally found in the "bath salt" type of designer drugs, as an active ingredient. It has been reported that drivers who consumed α-PVP were in an excited state and incapable of controlling their behavior, causing traffic accidents. Despite its acute excitatory effects, there is no information on the psychological dependency elicited by α-PVP use. The purpose of the present study was to clarify whether the reward pathway is activated with repeated doses of α-PVP in experimental animals...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903900/genetics-association-study-and-functional-analysis-on-osteoporosis-susceptibility-gene-bdnf
#20
Man Yang, Bing-Jie Lu, Yuan-Yuan Duan, Xiao-Feng Chen, Jian-Gang Ma, Yan Guo
To explore the relationship between brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene and bone mineral density (BMD) in Chinese Han population, we performed association analysis of 14 tag SNPs on BDNF gene with hip/spine BMD in 1300 Han Chinese samples from Shaanxi Province. We found that 8 of the 14 SNPs were significantly associated with hip or spine BMD (P < 0.05). Moreover, the SNP rs16917237 was significantly associated with both hip and spine BMD, with significant Bonferroni correlation (P value 0.05/14 = 0...
August 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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