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Qiang Wang, Yiwan Teng, Rong Wang, Danni Deng, Yijie You, Ya Peng, Naiyuan Shao, Feng Zhi
Malignant glioma is one of the most common types of primary brain tumours. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently emerged as a new class of therapeutic targets for many cancers. In this study, we aimed to explore the functional involvement of small nucleolar RNA host gene 14 (SNHG14) and its potential regulatory mechanism in glioma progression. SNHG14 was found to be downregulated in human glioma tissues and cell lines. SNHG14 significantly inhibited cell viability, reduced cell invasion, and induced apoptosis in glioma cell lines...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Ang Qiao, Thomas D Bennett, Haizheng Tao, Andraž Krajnc, Gregor Mali, Cara M Doherty, Aaron W Thornton, John C Mauro, G Neville Greaves, Yuanzheng Yue
Glass-forming ability (GFA) is the ability of a liquid to avoid crystallization during cooling. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of glass formers ( 1 - 3 ), with hitherto unknown dynamic and thermodynamic properties. We report the discovery of a new series of tetrahedral glass systems, zeolitic imidazolate framework-62 (ZIF-62) [Zn(Im2- x bIm x )], which have ultrahigh GFA, superior to any other known glass formers. This ultrahigh GFA is evidenced by a high viscosity η (105 Pa·s) at the melting temperature T m , a large crystal-glass network density deficit (Δρ/ρg )network , no crystallization in supercooled region on laboratory time scales, a low fragility ( m = 23), an extremely high Poisson's ratio (ν = 0...
March 2018: Science Advances
Seung Un Seo, Seon Min Woo, Kyoung-Jin Min, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Inhibition of cathespsin S not only inhibits invasion and angiogenesis, but also induces apoptosis and autophagy in cancer cells. In present study, we revealed that pharmacological inhibitor [Z-FL-COCHO (ZFL)] of cathepsin S up-regulates pro-apoptotic protein Bim expression at the posttranslational levels. These effects were not associated with MAPKs and AMPK signal pathways. Interestingly, pretreatment with the chemical chaperones (TUDCA and PBA) and knockdown of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) markedly inhibited ZFL-induced Bim upregulation...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Zhi Jia, Hui Hui Yang, Yun-Jun Liu, Xiu-Zhen Wang
A new series of dibenzoxanthenes 4a-4f were synthesized through the nucleophilic substitution and characterized by NMR and MS spectra. Their antitumor activity was screened by MTT assay. Compounds (except 4b and 4c) displayed strong growth inhibitory effects against chosen five tumor cells under light irradiation. The molecular mechanism of compound-induced cell apoptosis was investigated by AO/EB staining, comet assay, DCFH-DA, JC-1 fluorescent probe, and western blotting. Compounds induced the apoptosis of HepG2 cells and DNA damage...
March 12, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Zhaojun Shen, Saisai Li, Bo Sheng, Qi Shen, Lu-Zhe Sun, Haiyan Zhu, Xueqiong Zhu
BACKGROUND: Medical therapeutic options remain quite limited for uterine fibroids treatment. Statins, competitive inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase, have anti-tumoral effects on multiple cancer types, however, little is known about their effects on uterine fibroids. METHODS: Initially, we conducted a retrospective study of 120 patients with uterine fibroids and hyperlipidemia from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Shu-Guang Li, Qian-Wei Shi, Ling-Yan Yuan, Li-Ping Qin, Yan Wang, Yu-Qing Miao, Zhe Chen, Chang-Quan Ling, Wen-Xing Qin
BACKGROUND: Triptolide is a structurally unique diterpene triepoxide with potent antitumor activity. However,the effect and mechanism of triptolide on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well studied. METHODS: Cells were treated with triptolide, and the anti-HCC activity of triptolide was evaluated using flow cytometry, western blot, and xenograft studies. MicroRNA microarray and quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction was used to identify differential microRNAs induced by triptolide...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Prashanth K B Nagesh, Elham Hatami, Pallabita Chowdhury, Vivek K Kashyap, Sheema Khan, Bilal B Hafeez, Subhash C Chauhan, Meena Jaggi, Murali M Yallapu
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is an intriguing target with significant clinical importance in chemotherapy. Interference with ER functions can lead to the accumulation of unfolded proteins, as detected by transmembrane sensors that instigate the unfolded protein response (UPR). Therefore, controlling induced UPR via ER stress with natural compounds could be a novel therapeutic strategy for the management of prostate cancer. Tannic acid (a naturally occurring polyphenol) was used to examine the ER stress mediated UPR pathway in prostate cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Cancers
Xijun Ou, Jianxin Huo, Yuhan Huang, Yan-Feng Li, Shengli Xu, Kong-Peng Lam
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells develop from CD4+ CD8+ double-positive (DP) thymocytes and express an invariant Vα 14-Jα 18 T-cell receptor (TCR) α-chain. Generation of these cells requires the prolonged survival of DP thymocytes to allow for Vα 14-Jα 18 gene rearrangements and strong TCR signaling to induce the expression of the iNKT lineage-specific transcription factor PLZF. Here, we report that the transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is essential for iNKT cell formation. Thymocytes lacking YY1 displayed a block in iNKT cell development at the earliest progenitor stage...
March 2, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Rumana Akhter, Suraiya Saleem, Akash Saha, Subhas Chandra Biswas
The pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 homology 3 domain only (BH3-only) proteins are central regulators of cell death in various physiological and pathological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Bcl-2 modifying factor (Bmf) is one such BH3-only protein that is implicated in various death paradigms such as anoikis, seizures, cancer and autoimmunity. It also co-operates with other BH3-only proteins such as Bim in various death paradigms. However, its role in neurodegeneration is under-investigated. Here, we report for the first time the essential role of Bmf and its co-operativity with direct activator BH3-only proteins Bim and Puma in neuron death induced by beta-amyloid (Aβ) toxicity or NGF deprivation...
February 27, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Yunhui Hu, Ernesto Yagüe, Jing Zhao, Luyao Wang, Jingchao Bai, Qianxi Yang, Teng Pan, Hui Zhao, Jingjing Liu, Jin Zhang
Misregulation of BCL-2 family of proteins renders a survival signal to withstand cytotoxic anticancer drugs and is often found in drug resistant cells. The drug resistance phenotype is also associated with an enhancement of cancer stem cell-like (CSC) characteristics. Thus, inhibition of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins has been proposed as a possible antineoplastic strategy, and BCL-2 inhibitors are currently being clinically trailed in patients with leukemia, lymphoma or non-small cell lung cancer. However, the effects of BCL-2 inhibitors on drug resistant breast cancer have not yet been elucidated...
February 26, 2018: Cancer Letters
Suresh Banjara, Jiahao Mao, Timothy M Ryan, Sofia Caria, Marc Kvansakul
Programmed cell death or apoptosis is a critical mechanism for the controlled removal of damaged or infected cells, and proteins of the BCL-2 family are important arbiters of this process. Viruses have been shown to encode functional and structural homologs of BCL-2 to counter premature host-cell apoptosis and ensure viral proliferation or survival. Grouper iridovirus (GIV) is a large DNA virus belonging to the Iridoviridae family and harbors GIV66, a putative BCL-2 like protein and mitochondrially localized apoptosis inhibitor...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Wen Minghua, Gong Zhijian, Huang Chahua, Liang Qiang, Xu Minxuan, Wang Luqiao, Zhang Weifang, Lu Peng, Zhan Biming, Yu Lingling, Wang Zhenzhen, Xu Jianqing, Bao Huihui, Wang Xiaozhong, Cheng Xiaoshu
Remote ischaemic preconditioning (RIPC) is well known to protect the myocardium against ischaemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). Exosomes are small extracellular vesicles that have become the key mediators of intercellular communication. Various studies have confirmed that circulating exosomes mediate RIPC. However, the underlying mechanisms for RIPC-induced exosome-mediated cardioprotection remain elusive. In our study, we found that the expression level of miR-24 was higher in exosomes derived from the plasma of rats subjected to RIPC than in exosomes derived from the plasma of control rats in vivo...
February 23, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Asha Hiremathad, Rangappa S Keri, A Raquel Esteves, Sandra M Cardoso, Sílvia Chaves, M Amélia Santos
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a severe age-dependent neurodegenerative disorder affecting millions of people, with no cure so far. The current treatments only achieve some temporary amelioration of the cognition symptoms. The main characteristics of the patient brains include the accumulation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (outside and inside the neurons) but also cholinergic deficit, increased oxidative stress and dyshomeostasis of transition metal ions. Considering the multi-factorial nature of AD, we report herein the development of a novel series of potential multi-target directed drugs which, besides the capacity to recover the cholinergic neurons, can also target other AD hallmarks...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Shuhua Zheng, Gilles M Leclerc, Bin Li, Ronan T Swords, Julio C Barredo
De novo and acquired drug resistance and subsequent relapse remain major challenges in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We previously identified that pevonedistat (TAK-924, MLN4924), a first-in-class inhibitor of NEDD8 activating enzyme (NAE), elicits ER stress and has potent in vitro and in vivo efficacy against ALL. However, in pevonedistat-treated ALL cell lines, we found consistent activation of the pro-survival MEK/ERK pathway, which has been associated with relapse and poor outcome in ALL. We uncovered that inhibition of the MEK/ERK pathway in vitro and in vivo sensitized ALL cells to pevonedistat...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Jan Řezáč, Daniel Bím, Ondrej Gutten, Lubomír Rulíšek
Carefully selected set of acyclic and cyclic model peptides and several other macrocycles comprising 13 compounds in total, has been used to calibrate accuracy of DFT(-D3) method for conformational energies, employing BP86, PBE0, PBE, B3LYP, BLYP, TPSS, TPSSh, M06-2X, B97-D, OLYP, revPBE, M06-L, SCAN, revTPSS, BH-LYP, and ωB97X-D3 functionals. Both high- and low-energy conformers, 15‑16 for each compound adding to 196 in total, denoted as MPCONF196 data set, were included and the reference values were obtained by the composite protocol yielding the CCSD(T)/CBS extrapolated energies or their DLPNO-CCSD(T)/CBS equivalents in the case of larger systems...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Colin Hockings, Amber E Alsop, Stephanie C Fennell, Erinna F Lee, W Douglas Fairlie, Grant Dewson, Ruth M Kluck
The prosurvival Bcl-2 family proteins Mcl-1 and Bcl-xL inhibit apoptosis by sequestering BH3-only proteins such as Bid and Bim (MODE 1) or the effector proteins Bak and Bax (MODE 2). To better understand the contributions of MODE 1 and MODE 2 in blocking cell death, and thus how to bypass resistance to cell death, we examined prescribed mixtures of Bcl-2 family proteins. In a Bim and Bak mixture, Bcl-xL and Mcl-1 each sequestered not only Bim but also Bak as it became activated by Bim. In contrast, in a Bid and Bak mixture, Bcl-xL preferentially sequestered Bid while Mcl-1 preferentially sequestered Bak...
February 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Myoung Sup Shim, Keun-Young Kim, Jung Hyun Bu, Hye Seung Nam, Seung Won Jeong, Tae Lim Park, Mark H Ellisman, Robert N Weinreb, Won-Kyu Ju
Glaucoma is characterized by a progressive loss of retinal ganglion cells and their axons, but the underlying biological basis for the accompanying neurodegeneration is not known. Accumulating evidence indicates that structural and functional abnormalities of astrocytes within the optic nerve head (ONH) have a role. However, whether the activation of cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP) signaling pathway is associated with astrocyte dysfunction in the ONH remains unknown. We report here that the cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) pathway is critical to ONH astrocyte dysfunction, leading to caspase-3 activation and cell death via the AKT/Bim/Bax signaling pathway...
February 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Suphakorn Tangchirakhaphan, Sukanda Innajak, Sirinun Nilwarangkoon, Nudjaree Tanjapatkul, Wilawan Mahabusrakum, Ramida Watanapokasin
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of goniothalamin on apoptosis induction in the A375 melanoma cell line. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer with increased prevalence and no potential standard treatment. Goniothalamin is a plant, bioactive styrly-lactone, which has various bioactivities including anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. Apoptosis induction by goniothalamin has been studied in numerous cancer cell lines, however not in the melanoma cell line A375. The results of the MTT assay demonstrated that goniothalamin induced anti-proliferation in a dose dependent manner...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ulrich Baumgartner, Fabienne Berger, Ali Hashemi Gheinani, Sabrina Sofia Burgener, Katia Monastyrskaya, Erik Vassella
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations enable constitutive active downstream signaling of PI3K/AKT, KRAS/ERK and JAK/STAT pathways, and promote tumor progression by inducing uncontrolled proliferation, evasion of apoptosis and migration of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, such EGFR mutations increase the susceptibility of patients with NSCLC to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy, but treated patients will invariably relapse with resistant disease...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Mengwen Qi, Chunfeng Wu, Zhouqing Wang, Li Zhou, Chen Men, Yimei Du, Songming Huang, Lei Chen, Ling Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Glycine plays an important role in regulating hippocampal inhibitory/ excitatory neurotransmission through activating glycine receptors (GlyRs) and acting as a co-agonist of N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptors. Activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is reported to inhibit hippocampal A-type γ-aminobutyric acid receptor, a ligand-gated chloride ion channel. GlyRs are also ligand-gated chloride ion channels and this paper aimed to explore whether activation of TRPV4 could modulate GlyRs...
February 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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