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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079897/tsc1-expression-by-dendritic-cells-is-required-to-preserve-t-cell-homeostasis-and-response
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Yuechen Luo, Wenwen Li, Gang Yu, Juan Yu, Ling Han, Ting Xue, Zhina Sun, Song Chen, Chunming Fang, Chunxiao Zhao, Qing Niu, Fei Yang, Zhongchao Han, Tao Cheng, Yun Zeng, Fang Liao, Guogang Xu, Xiaoming Feng
Dendritic cells (DCs) are pivotal to the induction of adaptive T-cell immune responses. Recent evidence highlights a critical role of tuberous sclerosis complex 1 (Tsc1), a primarily upstream negative regulator of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), in DC development, but whether and how Tsc1 directly regulate mature DC function in vivo remains elusive. Here we show that selective disruption of Tsc1 in DCs results in a lymphoproliferative disorder with the spontaneous activation of T cells. Tsc1 deficiency results in the activation of mTORC1-PPARγ pathway, which leads to the upregulation of neuropilin-1 (Nrp1) expression on DCs to stimulate naive T-cell proliferation...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079309/bioactive-injectable-aggregates-with-nanofibrous-microspheres-and-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells-a-translational-strategy-in-dental-endodontics
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I Garzón, M A Martin-Piedra, V Carriel, M Alaminos, X Liu, R D Souza
Regeneration of the pulp-dentin complex with stem cells is a potential alternative to conventional root canal treatments. Human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) have been extensively studied because of their ability to proliferate and differentiate into mineralized dental and nondental tissues. In this work we combined hDPSCs with two types of injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microspheres with a nanofibrous or smooth surface to form bioactive injectable aggregates, and examined their ability to promote pulp regeneration in the root canal in an in vivo model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076456/propofol-inhibits-lung-cancer-cell-viability-and-induces-cell-apoptosis-by-upregulating-microrna-486-expression
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N Yang, Y Liang, P Yang, T Yang, L Jiang
Propofol is a frequently used intravenous anesthetic agent. Recent studies show that propofol exerts a number of non-anesthetic effects. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of propofol on lung cancer cell lines H1299 and H1792 and functional role of microRNA (miR)-486 in these effects. H1299 and/or H1792 cells were treated with or without propofol and transfected or not with miR-486 inhibitor, and then cell viability and apoptosis were analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and flow cytometry...
January 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074072/targeting-bet-proteins-improves-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-bcl-2-inhibition-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#4
S Peirs, V Frismantas, F Matthijssens, W Van Loocke, T Pieters, N Vandamme, B Lintermans, M P Dobay, G Berx, B Poppe, S Goossens, B C Bornhauser, J-P Bourquin, P Van Vlierberghe
Inhibition of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 has recently emerged as a promising new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of a variety of human cancers, including leukemia. Here, we used T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a model system to identify novel synergistic drug combinations with the BH3 mimetic venetoclax (ABT-199). In vitro drug screening in primary leukemia specimens that were derived from patients with high risk of relapse or relapse and cell lines revealed synergistic activity between venetoclax and the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057924/tyrosine-kinase-c-abl-regulates-the-survival-of-plasma-cells
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Yan-Feng Li, Shengli Xu, Yuhan Huang, Xijun Ou, Kong-Peng Lam
Tyrosine kinase c-Abl plays an important role in early B cell development. Its deletion leads to reduced pro- and pre-B cell generation in mice. However, its function in B cell terminal differentiation remains unexplored. Here, we used c-Abl(f/f) Aicda(cre/+) mice, in which c-Abl is ablated only in antigen-activated B cells, to study the role of c-Abl in germinal center (GC) B and antibody-secreting plasma cell formation. Upon challenge with a model antigen, we found normal GC and memory B but reduced plasma cells and antigen-specific antibody response in the mutant mice...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057804/cell-cycle-progression-dictates-the-requirement-for-bcl2-in-natural-killer-cell-survival
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Charlotte Viant, Sophie Guia, Robert J Hennessy, Jai Rautela, Kim Pham, Claire Bernat, Wilford Goh, Yuhao Jiao, Rebecca Delconte, Michael Roger, Vanina Simon, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Stephanie Grabow, Gabrielle T Belz, Benjamin T Kile, Andreas Strasser, Daniel Gray, Phillip D Hodgkin, Bruce Beutler, Eric Vivier, Sophie Ugolini, Nicholas D Huntington
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate lymphoid cells with antitumor functions. Using an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced mutagenesis screen in mice, we identified a strain with an NK cell deficiency caused by a hypomorphic mutation in the Bcl2 (B cell lymphoma 2) gene. Analysis of these mice and the conditional deletion of Bcl2 in NK cells revealed a nonredundant intrinsic requirement for BCL2 in NK cell survival. In these mice, NK cells in cycle were protected against apoptosis, and NK cell counts were restored in inflammatory conditions, suggesting a redundant role for BCL2 in proliferating NK cells...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056055/hdac-and-proteasome-inhibitors-synergize-to-activate-pro-apoptotic-factors-in-synovial-sarcoma
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Aimée N Laporte, Jared J Barrott, Ren Jie Yao, Neal M Poulin, Bertha A Brodin, Kevin B Jones, T Michael Underhill, Torsten O Nielsen
Conventional cytotoxic therapies for synovial sarcoma provide limited benefit, and no drugs specifically targeting its driving SS18-SSX fusion oncoprotein are currently available. Patients remain at high risk for early and late metastasis. A high-throughput drug screen consisting of over 900 tool compounds and epigenetic modifiers, representing over 100 drug classes, was undertaken in a panel of synovial sarcoma cell lines to uncover novel sensitizing agents and targetable pathways. Top scoring drug categories were found to be HDAC inhibitors and proteasomal targeting agents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056046/the-adapted-italian-version-of-the-baller-identity-measurement-scale-to-evaluate-the-student-athletes-identity-in-relation-to-gender-age-type-of-sport-and-competition-level
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Corrado Lupo, Cristina Onesta Mosso, Flavia Guidotti, Giovanni Cugliari, Luisa Pizzigalli, Alberto Rainoldi
The purpose of this paper is twofold: to validate the properties of the Italian version of the Baller Identity Measurement Scale (i.e., BIMS-IT), a self-report questionnaire based on the athletic and academic identities; and to investigate differences in psychosocial factors such as gender, age, type of sport, and competition level. The dimensionality of the BIMS-IT was explored by means of the exploratory factor analysis, considering the scale's internal consistency too (Confirmatory Factor Analysis). Results related to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis supported a model of measurement composed of two correlated factors: the athletic and academic identities and affectivity related to identities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042771/oxidative-stress-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-and-antioxidants-regulate-expression-levels-of-micrornas-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Kedar N Prasad
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a slow progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with abnormal function of extrapyramidal system. Although several biochemical and genetic defects have been identified, increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are one of the earliest events that initiate and promote PD. Oxidative stress also participates in impaired non-motor symptoms.The levels of microRNAs that are evolutionarily conserved single-stranded non-coding RNAs of approximately 22 nucleotide in length are altered in PD...
January 2, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040547/lemur-tyrosine-kinase-2-lmtk2-is-a-determinant-of-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-by-regulating-the-levels-of-the-bcl2-family-members
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Annalisa Conti, Maria Teresa Majorini, Enrico Fontanella, Alberto Bardelli, Mauro Giacca, Domenico Delia, Miguel Mano, Daniele Lecis
Using a high-throughput approach, we identified lemur tyrosine kinase 2 (LMTK2) as a novel determinant of cell sensitivity to TRAIL. LMTK2 is a poorly characterized serine/threonine kinase believed to play a role in endosomal membrane trafficking and neuronal physiology, and recently found to be mutated in diverse tumor types. We show that LMTK2 silencing sensitizes immortalized epithelial cells and cancer cells to TRAIL, and this phenomenon is accompanied by changes in the expression of BCL2 family members...
December 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039357/key-survival-factor-mcl-1-correlates-with-sensitivity-to-combined-bcl-2-bcl-xl-blockade
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Michelle Williams, Linus Lee, Donna J Hicks, Meghan M Joly, David Elion, Bushra Rahman, Courtney McKernan, Violeta Sanchez, Justin M Balko, Thomas Stricker, Monica Valeria Estrada, Rebecca S Cook
: An estimated 40,000 deaths will be attributed to breast cancer in 2016, underscoring the need for improved therapies. Evading cell death is a major hallmark of cancer, driving tumor progression and therapeutic resistance. To evade apoptosis, cancers use anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins to bind to and neutralize apoptotic activators, such as Bim. Investigation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members in clinical breast cancer datasets, revealed greater expression and more frequent gene amplification of MCL1 as compared to BCL2 or BCL2L1 (Bcl-xL) across three major molecular breast cancer subtypes, Luminal (A and B), HER2-enriched, and Basal-like...
December 30, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035406/bambi-inhibits-inflammation-through-the-activation-of-autophagy-in-experimental-spinal-cord-injury
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Yin Yang, Chunyang Guo, Bo Liao, Junjun Cao, Chen Liang, Xijing He
Autophagy plays an important role in the progression of spinal cord injury (SCI). In this study, we aimed to examine the effects and potential mechanisms of action of BMP and activin membrane-bound inhibitor (BAMBI) in the progression of SCI. A rat model of SCI was established and the rats were injected with pLentiH1-BAMBI shRNA and pAd-BAMBI in the gray and white matter of the spinal cord at T8. After 14 days, motor function evaluation was measured according to the Basso Beattie Bresnahan (BBB) method and the number of motor neuron cell accounts in the anterior horns was measured by Nissl staining...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028022/multiple-myeloma-cells-capacity-to-decompose-h2o2-determines-lenalidomide-sensitivity
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Sinto Sebastian, Yuan X Zhu, Esteban Braggio, Chang-Xin Shi, Sonali C Panchabhai, Scott A Van Wier, Greg J Ahmann, Marta Chesi, P Leif Bergsagel, A Keith Stewart, Rafael Fonseca
Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug (IMiDs) with clinical efficacy in multiple myeloma (MM) and other late B-cell neoplasms. Although cereblon (CRBN) is an essential requirement for IMiD action, the complete molecular and biochemical mechanisms responsible for lenalidomide-mediated sensitivity or resistance remain unknown. Here, we report that IMiDs work primarily via inhibition of peroxidase-mediated intracellular H2O2 decomposition in MM cells. MM cells with lower H2O2-decomposition capacity were more vulnerable to lenalidomide-induced H2O2 accumulation and associated cytotoxicity...
December 27, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026162/hbfl-1-hnoxa-interaction-studies-provide-new-insights-on-the-role-of-bfl-1-in-cancer-cell-resistance-and-for-the-design-of-novel-anticancer-agents
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Elisa Barile, Guya D Marconi, Surya K De, Carlo Baggio, Luca Gambini, Ahmed F Salem, Manoj K Kashyap, Januario E Castro, Thomas J Kipps, Maurizio Pellecchia
Upregulation of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins in certain tumors confers cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy or radiations. Members of the antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins, including Bcl-2, Mcl-1, Bcl-xL, Bcl-w, and Bfl-1, inhibit apoptosis by selectively binding to conserved α-helical regions, named BH3 domains, of pro-apoptotic proteins such as Bim, tBid, Bad, or NOXA. Five antiapoptotic proteins have been identified that interact with various selectivity with BH3 containing pro-apoptotic counterparts. Cancer cells present various and variable levels of these proteins, making the design of effective apoptosis based therapeutics challenging...
December 27, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011637/tribbles-pseudokinase-3-induces-both-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-neuronal-death
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Suraiya Saleem, Subhas Chandra Biswas
Amyloid-β (Aβ) induced neuron death is considered central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD). Among several death modalities, autophagy and apoptosis play important roles in Aβ-induced neuron death suggesting that there may be regulatory mechanisms that initiate both cell death pathways. However, molecules that govern both pathways have not been identified. Here, we report that, upon Aβ treatment, tribbles pseudokinase 3 (TRIB3, an ortholog of Drosophila Tribbles), is upregulated in neurons, both in vivo and in vitro...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009301/tight-sequestration-of-bh3-proteins-by-bcl-xl-at-subcellular-membranes-contributes-to-apoptotic-resistance
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Jessie Pécot, Laurent Maillet, Janic Le Pen, Céline Vuillier, Sophie de Carné Trécesson, Aurélie Fétiveau, Kristopher A Sarosiek, Florian J Bock, Frédérique Braun, Anthony Letai, Stephen W G Tait, Fabien Gautier, Philippe P Juin
Anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family members bind to BH3-only proteins and multidomain BAX/BAK to preserve mitochondrial integrity and maintain survival. Whereas inhibition of these interactions is the biological basis of BH3-mimetic anti-cancer therapy, the actual response of membrane-bound protein complexes to these compounds is currently ill-defined. Here, we find that treatment with BH3 mimetics targeting BCL-xL spares subsets of cells with the highest levels of this protein. In intact cells, sequestration of some pro-apoptotic activators (including PUMA and BIM) by full-length BCL-xL is much more resistant to derepression than previously described in cell-free systems...
December 20, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008595/defective-expression-of-apoptosis-related-molecules-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-is-normalized-early-after-autologous-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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G L V de Oliveira, A F Ferreira, E P L Gasparotto, S Kashima, D T Covas, C T Guerreiro, D G Brum, A A Barreira, J C Voltarelli, B P Simões, M C Oliveira, F A de Castro, K C R Malmegrim
Defective apoptosis might be involved in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). We evaluated apoptosis-related molecules in MS patients before and after autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) using BCNU, Etoposide, AraC and Melphalan (BEAM) or cyclophosphamide (CY)-based conditioning regimens. Patients were followed for clinical and immunological parameters for 2 years after AHSCT. At baseline, MS patients had decreased proapoptotic BAD, BAX and FASL and increased A1 gene expression when compared with healthy counterparts...
November 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997540/il-7-receptor-mutations-and-steroid-resistance-in-pediatric-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-genome-sequencing-study
#18
Yunlei Li, Jessica G C A M Buijs-Gladdines, Kirsten Canté-Barrett, Andrew P Stubbs, Eric M Vroegindeweij, Willem K Smits, Ronald van Marion, Winand N M Dinjens, Martin Horstmann, Roland P Kuiper, Rogier C Buijsman, Guido J R Zaman, Peter J van der Spek, Rob Pieters, Jules P P Meijerink
BACKGROUND: Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in children. T cell ALL (T-ALL) represents about 15% of pediatric ALL cases and is considered a high-risk disease. T-ALL is often associated with resistance to treatment, including steroids, which are currently the cornerstone for treating ALL; moreover, initial steroid response strongly predicts survival and cure. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying steroid resistance in T-ALL patients are poorly understood...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994550/anti-proliferative-and-apoptosis-inducing-effect-of-theabrownin-against-non-small-cell-lung-adenocarcinoma-a549-cells
#19
Feifei Wu, Li Zhou, Wangdong Jin, Weiji Yang, Ying Wang, Bo Yan, Wenlin Du, Qiang Zhang, Lei Zhang, Yonghua Guo, Jin Zhang, Letian Shan, Thomas Efferth
With the highest cancer incidence rate, lung cancer, especially non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is the leading cause of cancer death in the world. Tea (leaves of Camellia sinensis) has been widely used as a traditional beverage beneficial to human health, including anti-NSCLC activity. Theabrownin (TB) is one major kind of tea pigment responsible for the beneficial effects of tea liquor. However, its effect on NSCLC is unknown. The aim of the present study was to evaluate anti-proliferative and apoptosis-inducing effect of TB on NSCLC (A549) cells, using MTT assay, morphological observation (DAPI staining), in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, and annexin-V/PI flow cytometry...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988858/sequence-specific-assignment-of-methyl-groups-from-the-neuronal-snare-complex-using-lanthanide-induced-pseudocontact-shifts
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Yun-Zu Pan, Bradley Quade, Kyle D Brewer, Monika Szabo, James D Swarbrick, Bim Graham, Josep Rizo
Neurotransmitter release depends critically on the neuronal SNARE complex formed by syntaxin-1, SNAP-25 and synaptobrevin, as well as on other proteins such as Munc18-1, Munc13-1 and synaptotagmin-1. Although three-dimensional structures are available for these components, it is still unclear how they are assembled between the synaptic vesicle and plasma membranes to trigger fast, Ca(2+)-dependent membrane fusion. Methyl TROSY NMR experiments provide a powerful tool to study complexes between these proteins, but assignment of the methyl groups of the SNARE complex is hindered by its limited solubility...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
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