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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214973/a-multifunctional-alanine-rich-anti-inflammatory-peptide-bcp61-showed-potent-inhibitory-effects-by-inhibiting-both-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-expression
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Yun Hee Choi, Yoon Seok Choi, Young Kyun Kim, Md Saifur Rahman, G C Pradeep, Jin Cheol Yoo, Joo-Won Suh
The purified BCP61 was reported to be a unique low-molecular-weight (MW) anti-microbial peptide because of its non-identical alanine-rich N-terminal sequence. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of BCP61 on induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells. The treatment with BCP61, with varying concentrations of 10, 50, and 100 μg/mL, inhibited levels of expression of LPS-induced NF-κB and MAPKs (extracellular signal-related kinases (ERKs), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and mitogen-activated protein (p38)) as well as production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
February 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214885/signaling-pathway-for-endothelin-1-and-phenylephrine-induced-camp-response-element-binding-protein-activation-in-rat-ventricular-myocytes-role-of-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptors-and-camkii
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Krishna P Subedi, Min-Jeong Son, Bojjibabu Chidipi, Seong-Woo Kim, Jun Wang, Kyeong-Hee Kim, Sun-Hee Woo, Joon-Chul Kim
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and the α<Sub>1</Sub>-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine (PE) activate cAMP response element binding protein (CREB), a transcription factor implicated in cardiac hypertrophy. The signaling pathway involved in CREB activation by these hypertrophic stimuli is poorly understood. We examined signaling pathways for ET-1- or PE-induced cardiac CREB activation. METHODS: Western blotting was performed with pharmacological and genetic interventions in rat ventricular myocytes...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214881/attenuation-of-low-ambient-temperature-induced-myocardial-hypertrophy-by-atorvastatin-via-promoting-bcl-2-expression
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Jing Liang, Kun Yin, Xuefeng Cao, Zhenbo Han, Qi Huang, Lai Zhang, Wenya Ma, Fengzhi Ding, Chongwei Bi, Dan Feng, Zhenwei Pan, Yu Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: It is well documented that myocardial hypertrophy is associated with low ambient temperature. Atorvastatin (Atv) has been shown to protect against atherosclerosis, cardiac fibrosis, ischemia/reperfusion injury, etc. In this study, we aim to determine whether atorvastatin is effective in the treatment of myocardial hypertrophy induced by cold exposure and to shed light on underlying mechanism. METHODS: The mice aged 4-week were randomized to Control (Ctl) group (raised at room temperature), Cold group (raised at 3-5ºC) and Atv treatment group (raised at 3-5ºC followed by 10mg/kg/day Atv infusion)...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214582/structural-changes-induced-by-l50p-and-i61t-single-mutations-of-ubiquitin-affect-cell-cycle-progression-while-impairing-its-regulatory-and-degradative-functions-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Ankita Doshi, Mrinal Sharma, C Ratna Prabha
Posttranslational conjugation of ubiquitin to proteins either regulates their function directly or concentration through ubiquitination dependent degradation. High degree of conservation of ubiquitin's sequence implies structural and functional importance of the conserved residues. Ubiquitin gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was evolved in vitro by us to study the significance of conserved residues. Present study investigates the structural changes in the protein resulting from the single mutations UbS20F, UbA46S, UbL50P, UbI61T and their functional consequences in the SUB60 strain of S...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214429/interplay-between-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-selenium-deficient-cardiomyocytes-in-chicken
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Jie Yang, Yuan Zhang, Sattar Hamid, Jingzeng Cai, Qi Liu, Hao Li, Rihong Zhao, Hong Wang, Shiwen Xu, Ziwei Zhang
Dietary selenium (Se) deficiency can cause heart dysfunction, however the exact mechanism remains unclear. To understand this mechanism, 180day-old chicks, divided into two groups, C (control group) and L (low Se group), were fed with either a Se-sufficient (0.23mg/kg) or Se-deficient (0.033mg/kg) diets for 25days, respectively. Heart tissues and blood samples were collected. In L group, the activities of serum creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase-myoglobin (CK-MB) increased and typical ultrastructural apoptotic features were observed...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213524/g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-grk-2-regulates-serotonin-metabolism-through-the-monoamine-oxidase-amx-2-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K Aryal, William C Wetzel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L Benovic
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate many animal behaviors. GPCR signaling is mediated by agonist-promoted interactions of GPCRs with heterotrimeric G proteins, GPCR kinases (GRKs) and arrestins. To further elucidate the role of GRKs in regulating GPCR-mediated behaviors, we utilized the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans. Our studies demonstrate that grk-2 loss-of-function strains are egg-laying defective and contain low levels of serotonin (5-HT) and high levels of the 5-HT metabolite 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213176/lc-ms-ms-assay-for-the-simultaneous-quantitation-of-the-atm-inhibitor-az31-and-the-atr-inhibitor-azd6738-in-mouse-plasma
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Brian F Kiesel, Jeffrey C Shogan, Madani Rachid, Robert A Parise, Frank P Vendetti, Christopher J Bakkenist, Jan H Beumer
The ATM kinase inhibitor AZ31 and ATR kinase inhibitor AZD6738 are in various phases of preclinical and clinical evaluation for their ability to potentiate chemoradiation. To support the preclinical evaluation of their pharmacokinetics, we developed and validated an LC-MS/MS assay for the simultaneous quantification of AZ31 and AZD6738 in mouse plasma. A "dilute and shoot" method was used to precipitate proteins from a sample volume of 50μL. Chromatographic separation was achieved using a Phenomenex Polar-RP column and a gradient mobile phase consisting of methanol-water with 0...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213090/glycyrrhetinic-acid-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-fulminant-hepatic-failure-in-d-galactosamine-sensitized-mice-by-up-regulating-expression-of-interleukin-1-receptor-associated-kinase-m
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Xinru Yin, Gong Xia, Li Zhang, Rong Jiang, Ge Kuang, Bin Wang, Xinyu Chen, Jingyuan Wan
Glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), the main active ingredient of licorice, reportedly has anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties, but its molecular mechanisms remain be elusive. In the present study, Balb/c mice were pretreated with GA (10, 30, or 100mg/kg) 1h before lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/d-galactosamine (D-GalN) administration. In other in vitro experiment, RAW264.7 macrophages were pretreated with GA before LPS exposure. The mortality, hepatic tissue histology, serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) were analyzed...
February 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212798/protein-kinase-c-as-regulator-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-function-and-potential-target-in-vascular-disorders
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H C Ringvold, R A Khalil
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) plays an important role in maintaining vascular tone. In addition to Ca(2+)-dependent myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, protein kinase C (PKC) is a major regulator of VSM function. PKC is a family of conventional Ca(2+)-dependent α, β, and γ, novel Ca(2+)-independent δ, ɛ, θ, and η, and atypical ξ, and ι/λ isoforms. Inactive PKC is mainly cytosolic, and upon activation it undergoes phosphorylation, maturation, and translocation to the surface membrane, the nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, and other cell organelles; a process facilitated by scaffold proteins such as RACKs...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212793/mir-634-is-a-pol-iii-dependent-intronic-microrna-regulating-alternative-polyadenylated-isoforms-of-its-host-gene-prkca
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Elvezia Maria Paraboschi, Giulia Cardamone, Valeria Rimoldi, Stefano Duga, Giulia Soldà, Rosanna Asselta
BACKGROUND: The protein kinase C alpha (PRKCA) gene, coding for a Th17-cell-selective kinase, shows a complex splicing pattern, with at least 2 stable alternative transcripts characterized by an alternative upstream polyadenylation site. Polymorphisms in this gene were associated with several conditions, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, schizophrenia, and cancer. The presence of a microRNA (miRNA), i.e. miR-634, within intron 15 of the PRKCA gene, suggests the intriguing possibility that this miRNA might play a role in the susceptibility to these pathologies...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212731/hamlet-a-protein-lipid-complex-with-broad-tumoricidal-activity
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James C S Ho, Aftab Nadeem, Catharina Svanborg
HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor cells) is a tumoricidal protein-lipid complex with broad effects against cancer cells of different origin. The therapeutic potential is emphasized by a high degree of specificity for tumor tissue. Here we review early studies of HAMLET, in collaboration with the Orrenius laboratory, and some key features of the subsequent development of the HAMLET project. The early studies focused on the apoptotic response that accompanies death in HAMLET treated tumor cells and the role of mitochondria in this process...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212571/activation-of-jnk-and-ire1-is-critically-involved-in-tanshinone-i-induced-p62-dependent-autophagy-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-cells-implication-of-p62-uba-domain
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Jihyun Lee, Eun Jung Sohn, Sangwook Yoon, Gunho Won, Chang Geun Kim, Ji Hoon Jung, Sung-Hoon Kim
The aim of present study is to elucidate autophagic mechanism of tanshinone I (Tan I) in H28 and H2452 mesothelioma cells. Herein, Tan I exerted cytotoxicity with autophagic features of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5)/ microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B-light chain 3II (LC3 II) activation, p62/sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) accumulation and increased number of LC3II punctae, acridine orange-stained cells and autophagic vacuoles. However, 3-methyladenine (3MA) and NH4Cl increased cytotoxicity in Tan I treated H28 cells...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212569/mir-124-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-sphingosine-kinase-1-and-its-downstream-signaling-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yuan Zhao, Zhiqiang Ling, Yubin Hao, Xiaowu Pang, Xianlin Han, Joseph A Califano, Liang Shan, Xinbin Gu
By analyzing the expression profile of microRNAs in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), we found that the expression level of miR-124 was 4.59-fold lower in tumors than in normal tissues. To understand its functions, we generated a miR-124-expressing subline (JHU-22miR124) and a mock vector-transfected subline (JHU-22vec) by transfecting the mimic of miR-124 into JHU-22 cancer cells. Restored expression of miR-124 in JHU-22miR124 cells led to reduced cell proliferation, delayed colony formation, and decreased tumor growth, indicating a tumor-suppressive effect of miR-124...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211632/amp-activated-protein-kinase-activator-a-769662-increases-intracellular-calcium-and-atp-release-from-astrocytes-in-an-ampk-independent-manner
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Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Josephine L Robb, Ana M Cruz, Amrinder Malhi, Paul G Weightman Potter, Michael L J Ashford, Rory J McCrimmon, Kate L J Ellacott, Craig Beall
AIM: Astrocytes are the main sources of extracellular ATP (eATP) within the brain, which functions as a gliotransmitter, capable of modulating neuronal and astrocytic activity. These cells play an important role in regulating energy homeostasis partly via astrocyte-derived ATP. Given the role of AMPK in regulating intracellular ATP levels, we hypothesised that AMPK may alter ATP release from astrocytes. METHODS: Measurements of ATP release were made from human U373 astrocytoma cells, primary mouse hypothalamic (HTAS) and cortical astrocytes (CRTAS) and wild type and AMPK α1/α2 null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210912/inhibitory-effects-of-emodin-thymol-and-astragalin-on-leptospira-interrogans-induced-inflammatory-response-in-the-uterine-and-endometrium-epithelial-cells-of-mice
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Wenlong Zhang, Xiaojie Lu, Wei Wang, Zhuang Ding, Yunhe Fu, Xiaofei Zhou, Naisheng Zhang, Yongguo Cao
Leptospirosis is a systemic infection that causes, among others, acute kidney injury, acute liver disease, muscle pain, vasculitis, bleeding disorders, and reproductive loss. In an effort to reduce uterine inflammatory responses induced by Leptospira, we evaluated the anti-inflammation effects of emodin, thymol, and astragalin in a mouse model. Our results showed that treatment with emodin, thymol, and astragalin alleviated uterine inflammation induced by leptospira infection via suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokine expression and prevented tissue damage...
February 16, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210902/deletion-of-mammalian-sterile-20-like-kinase-1-attenuates-neuronal-loss-and-improves-locomotor-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-spinal-cord-trauma
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Pan-Feng Wang, Da-Yuan Xu, Yuntong Zhang, Xiao-Bin Liu, Yan Xia, Pan-Yu Zhou, Qing-Ge Fu, Shuo-Gui Xu
Neuronal cell death following spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributor to neurological deficits. The purpose of our work was to delineate the function of mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (Mst1), a pro-apoptotic kinase and key mediator of apoptotic signaling, in the pathogenesis of an experimental mouse model of SCI. Male mice received a mid-thoracic spinal contusion injury, and it was found that phosphorylation of Mst1 at the injured site was enhanced significantly following SCI. Furthermore, when compared to the wild-type controls, Mst1-deficient mice displayed improved locomotor function by increased Basso mouse scale score...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210267/mir-30-family-potentially-targeting-pi3k-siah2-predicted-interaction-network-represents-a-novel-putative-theranostic-panel-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Lawrence W C Chan, Fengfeng Wang, Fei Meng, Lili Wang, Sze Chuen Cesar Wong, Joseph S K Au, Sijun Yang, William C S Cho
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) comprises about 84% of all lung cancers. Many treatment options are available but the survival rate is still very low due to drug resistance. It has been found that phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) affects sensitivity to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), including gefitinib and erlotinib. Expression level of seven in absentia homolog 2 (SIAH2), an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase, is upregulated in NSCLC and correlated with tumor grade. However, the relationship between PI3K and SIAH2 remains unclear and therefore it is not known whether they can act as treatment co-targets and theranostic dual markers for overcoming TKI resistance...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209624/tofacitinib-for-induction-and-maintenance-therapy-of-crohn-s-disease-results-of-two-phase-iib-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
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Julian Panés, William J Sandborn, Stefan Schreiber, Bruce E Sands, Séverine Vermeire, Geert D'Haens, Remo Panaccione, Peter D R Higgins, Jean-Frederic Colombel, Brian G Feagan, Gary Chan, Michele Moscariello, Wenjin Wang, Wojciech Niezychowski, Amy Marren, Paul Healey, Eric Maller
OBJECTIVE: Tofacitinib is an oral, small-molecule Janus kinase inhibitor that is being investigated for IBD. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of tofacitinib for induction and maintenance treatment in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease (CD). DESIGN: We conducted two randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre phase IIb studies. Adult patients with moderate-to-severe CD were randomised to receive induction treatment with placebo, tofacitinib 5 or 10 mg twice daily for 8 weeks...
February 16, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208828/ginkgolic-acid-c-17-1-derived-from-ginkgo-biloba-leaves-suppresses-constitutive-and-inducible-stat3-activation-through-induction-of-pten-and-shp-1-tyrosine-phosphatase
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Seung Ho Baek, Jong Hyun Lee, Chulwon Kim, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Seung-Hee Ryu, Seok-Geun Lee, Woong Mo Yang, Jae-Young Um, Arunachalam Chinnathambi, Sulaiman Ali Alharbi, Gautam Sethi, Kwang Seok Ahn
Ginkgolic acid C 17:1 (GAC 17:1) extracted from Ginkgo biloba leaves, has been previously reported to exhibit diverse antitumor effect(s) through modulation of several molecular targets in tumor cells, however the detailed mechanism(s) of its actions still remains to be elucidated. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is an oncogenic transcription factor that regulates various critical functions involved in progression of diverse hematological malignancies, including multiple myeloma, therefore attenuating STAT3 activation may have a potential in cancer therapy...
February 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208809/a-lipid-emulsion-reverses-toxic-dose-bupivacaine-induced-vasodilation-during-tyrosine-phosphorylation-evoked-contraction-in-isolated-rat-aortae
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Seong-Ho Ok, Soo Hee Lee, Seong-Chun Kwon, Mun Hwan Choi, Il-Woo Shin, Sebin Kang, Miyeong Park, Jeong-Min Hong, Ju-Tae Sohn
The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of a lipid emulsion on toxic-dose bupivacaine-induced vasodilation in a model of tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor sodium orthovanadate-induced contraction in endothelium-denuded rat aortae and to elucidate the associated cellular mechanism. The effect of a lipid emulsion on vasodilation induced by a toxic dose of a local anesthetic during sodium orthovanadate-induced contraction was examined. In addition, the effects of various inhibitors, either bupivacaine alone or a lipid emulsion plus bupivacaine, on protein kinase phosphorylation induced by sodium orthovanadate in rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells was examined...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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