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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742995/icaritin-induces-mc3t3-e1-subclone14-cell-differentiation-through-estrogen-receptor-mediated-erk1-2-and-p38-signaling-activation
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Zhidi Wu, Ling Ou, Chaopeng Wang, Li Yang, Panpan Wang, Hengrui Liu, Yingquan Xiong, Kehuan Sun, Ronghua Zhang, Xiaofeng Zhu
Icaritin (ICT), a hydrolytic product of icariin from the genus Epimedium, has many indicated pharmacological and biological activities. Several studies have shown that ICT has potential osteoprotective effects, including stimulation of osteoblast differentiation and inhibition of osteoclast differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism for this anabolic action of ICT remains largely unknown. Here, we found that ICT could enhance MC3T3-E1 subclone 14 preosteoblastic cell differentiation associated with increased mRNA levels and protein expression of the differentiation markers alkaline phosphatase (ALP), type 1 collagen (COL1), osteocalcin (OC), osteoponin (OPN) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), and improved mineralization, confirmed by bone nodule formation and collagen synthesis...
July 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742189/novel-endogenous-negative-modulators-of-platelet-function-as-potential-anti-thrombotic-targets
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Y-J Li, H-X Zhu, D Zhang, H-C Li, P Ma, L-Y Huang
Platelets are megakaryocyte-derived nuclear-free fragments that participate in cardiovascular diseases including acute myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. At the endothelium damage site, platelets interact with sub-endothelial matrix proteins such as glycoprotein VI/Fc receptor γ-chain (GPVI/FcRγ), G protein-coupled receptor/phospholipase Cγ(β) (GPCR/PLCγ(β)), Rho/RhoK and integrin. The activation of these signaling pathways triggers intracellular calcium increase and causes platelet adhesion, aggregation, granule release and finally thrombus formation...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742144/genome-wide-and-protein-kinase-focused-rnai-screens-reveal-conserved-and-novel-damage-response-pathways-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Jennifer A Stortz, Tiago D Serafim, Sam Alsford, Jonathan Wilkes, Fernando Fernandez-Cortes, Graham Hamilton, Emma Briggs, Leandro Lemgruber, David Horn, Jeremy C Mottram, Richard McCulloch
All cells are subject to structural damage that must be addressed for continued growth. A wide range of damage affects the genome, meaning multiple pathways have evolved to repair or bypass the resulting DNA lesions. Though many repair pathways are conserved, their presence or function can reflect the life style of individual organisms. To identify genome maintenance pathways in a divergent eukaryote and important parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, we performed RNAi screens to identify genes important for survival following exposure to the alkylating agent methyl methanesulphonate...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741959/effect-of-epigallocatechin-gallate-on-growth-performance-and-antioxidant-capacity-in-heat-stressed-broilers
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Bo Xue, Jiao Song, Longzhou Liu, Jingxian Luo, Guangming Tian, Ye Yang
This study investigated the effects of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on the growth performance and antioxidant capacity of 35-d-old broilers exposed to heat stress. Broilers, 14 d of age, were divided into four groups with six replicates per group (eight chickens/replicate). Thermoneutral group (Group TN) was fed the basal diet and maintained at 28°C for 24 h/d. The heat-stressed groups were housed at 35°C for 12 h/d and 28°C for 12 h/d and fed the basal diet supplemented with EGCG at 0, 300 and 600 mg/kg diet (Groups HS0, HS 300 and HS600, respectively)...
July 25, 2017: Archives of Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741869/increased-baseline-runx2-caspase-3-and-p21-gene-expressions-in-the-peripheral-blood-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-are-associated-with-improved-clinical-response-to-methotrexate-therapy
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Elena V Tchetina, Natalia V Demidova, Galina A Markova, Elena A Taskina, Svetlana I Glukhova, Dmitry E Karateev
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of the baseline gene expression in the whole blood of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug-naïve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients for predicting the response to methotrexate (MTX) treatment. METHODS: Twenty-six control subjects and 40 RA patients were examined. Clinical, immunological and radiographic parameters were assessed before and after 24 months of follow-up. The gene expressions in the whole blood were measured using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741281/microglial-depletion-and-activation-a-11-c-pbr28-pet-study-in-nonhuman-primates
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Ansel T Hillmer, Daniel Holden, Krista Fowles, Nabeel Nabulsi, Brian L West, Richard E Carson, Kelly P Cosgrove
BACKGROUND: The 18-kDa translocator protein (TSPO) is an important target for assessing neuroimmune function in brain with positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. The goal of this work was to assess two [(11)C]PBR28 imaging paradigms for measuring dynamic microglia changes in Macaca mulatta. METHODS: Dynamic [(11)C]PBR28 PET imaging data with arterial blood sampling were acquired to quantify TSPO levels as [(11)C]PBR28 V T. Scans were acquired at three timepoints: baseline, immediately post-drug, and prolonged post-drug...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740938/whole-body-vibration-exercise-is-well-tolerated-in-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-systematic-review
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Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Danubia C Sá-Caputo, Carla F Dionello, Eliane O Guedes-Aguiar, Cintia R Sousa-Gonçalves, Danielle S Morel, Laisa L Paineiras-Domingos, Patricia L Souza, Cristiane R Kütter, Rebeca G Costa-Cavalcanti, Glenda Costa, Patricia C Paiva, Claudia Figueiredo, Samuel Brandão-Sobrinho-Neto, Christina Stark, Marianne Unger, Mario Bernardo-Filho
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by a defective gene located on the X-chromosome, responsible for the production of the dystrophin protein. Complications in the musculoskeletal system have been previously described in DMD patients. Whole body vibration exercise (WBVE) is a treatment that improves musculoskeletal function in movement disorders. The aim of this study was to review the effects of WBVE on functional mobility, bone and muscle in DMD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four databases were searched...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740606/structure-guided-strategy-for-the-development-of-potent-bivalent-erk-inhibitors
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Bernhard C Lechtenberg, Peter D Mace, E Hampton Sessions, Robert Williamson, Romain Stalder, Yann Wallez, Gregory P Roth, Stefan J Riedl, Elena B Pasquale
ERK is the effector kinase of the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK signaling cascade, which promotes cell transformation and malignancy in many cancers and is thus a major drug target in oncology. Kinase inhibitors targeting RAF or MEK are already used for the treatment of certain cancers, such as melanoma. Although the initial response to these drugs can be dramatic, development of drug resistance is a major challenge, even with combination therapies targeting both RAF and MEK. Importantly, most resistance mechanisms still rely on activation of the downstream effector kinase ERK, making it a promising target for drug development efforts...
July 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740538/linarin-enriched-extract-attenuates-liver-injury-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-fat-high-cholesterol-diet-in-rats
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Zhen-Jie Zhuang, Chao-Wen Shan, Bo Li, Min-Xia Pang, Han Wang, Yan Luo, Yin-Lan Liu, Yu Song, Nan-Nan Wang, Su-Hong Chen, Jun-Ping Shi, Gui-Yuan Lv
The aim of this study was to explore the potential beneficial effects of linarin enriched Flos Chrysanthemi extract (Lin-extract) on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) induced by high-fat high-cholesterol (HFHC) diet in rats. SD rats received normal diet, HFHC diet, or HFHC diet plus different doses of Lin-extract. The liver content of triglyceride and total cholesterol markedly increased in HFHC diet-fed model rats while middle and high dose of Lin-extract lowered liver cholesterol significantly. The expression of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD1) was upregulated by HFHC diet and further elevated by high dose Lin-extract...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739736/puerarin-induces-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-apoptosis-modulated-by-mapk-signaling-pathways-in-a-dose-dependent-manner
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Wei-Guo Zhang, Xiu-Cai Yin, Xiao-Fang Liu, Ke-Wei Meng, Kun Tang, Fei-Long Huang, Gang Xu, Jie Gao
BACKGROUND/AIM: Puerarin possesses a battery of therapeutic values in diverse disorders, including pro-apoptotic actions in multiple cancers. Herein, we investigated the effects of puerarin on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MTT and flow cytometry were carried out to evaluate the viability and apoptosis of SMMC-7721 HCC cells in the presence of different concentrations of puerarin. Moreover, expression levels, as well as phosphorylation status of several canonical components in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, including extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), c- Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), p38, were measured by reverse transcription and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blot analysis at indicated time intervals...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739727/mir-141-inhibits-proliferation-and-migration-of-colorectal-cancer-sw480-cells
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Zhi H Long, Zhi G Bai, Jian N Song, Zhi Zheng, Jun Li, Jun Zhang, Jun Cai, Hong W Yao, Jin Wang, Ying C Yang, Jie Yin, Zhong T Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the molecular function of miR-141 and the underlying mechanisms in colorectal cancer (CRC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: SW480 cells in which miR-141 was up- or down-regulated were established. Reverse transcription, quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting were used to examine the microRNA and protein expression. Cell-cycle progression was analyzed by flow cytometry. Proliferation marker Ki-67 was evaluated by immunofluorescence...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739659/the-stress-sensing-torc2-complex-activates-yeast-agc-family-protein-kinase-ypk1-at-multiple-novel-sites
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Kristin L Leskoske, Françoise M Roelants, Maria Nieves Martinez Marshall, Jennifer M Hill, Jeremy Thorner
Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Target of Rapamycin (TOR) Complex 2 (TORC2) is a multi-subunit plasma membrane-associated protein kinase and vital growth regulator. Its essential functions are exerted via phosphorylation and stimulation of downstream protein kinase Ypk1 (and its paralog Ypk2). Ypk1 phosphorylates multiple substrates to regulate plasma membrane lipid and protein composition. Ypk1 function requires phosphorylation of Thr504 in its activation loop by eisosome-associated Pkh1 (and its paralog Pkh2)...
July 24, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739484/protein-kinase-c%C3%AE-%C3%AE-is-dispensable-for-platelet-function-in-thrombosis-and-hemostasis-in-mice
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Sarah Beck, Michael Leitges, David Stegner
Platelet activation at sites of vascular injury is crucial for hemostasis, but it may also cause myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Upon platelet activation, cytoskeletal reorganization is essential for platelet secretion and thrombus formation. Members of the protein kinase C family, which includes 12 isoforms, are involved in most platelet responses required for thrombus formation. The atypical protein kinase Cι/λ (PKCι/λ) has been implicated as an important mediator of cell polarity, carcinogenesis and immune cell responses...
July 21, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739087/inhibition-of-lipolysis-by-ilexgenin-a-via-ampk-activation-contributes-to-the-prevention-of-hepatic-insulin-resistance
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Lan-Zhu Li, Tong Zhang, Lan Yang, Lijuan Zhang, Lulu Wang, Baolin Liu, Kang Liu
Adipose dysfunction links tightly to hepatic insulin resistance and gluconeogenesis. Ilexgenin A is reported with the ability to regulate lipid profile and protect the liver against high fat diet (HFD) -induced impairment. Here, we propose that ilexgenin A ameliorates hepatic insulin signaling and gluconeogenesis by regulating lipolysis in white adipose tissue (WAT). Pyruvate tolerance test and biochemical analysis coupled with the ex vivo siRNA knockdown and co-culture studies demonstrate that ilexgenin A suppresses inflammation-associated lipolysis in epididymal fat pad via 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, thus inhibits diacylglycerol (DAG) accumulation and protein kinase C ε (PKCε) translocation in liver, leading to the improvement of insulin sensitivity and hepatic glucose production...
July 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738843/astaxanthin-mitigates-cobalt-cytotoxicity-in-the-mg-63-cells-by-modulating-the-oxidative-stress
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Dahe Li, Wenwen Tong, Denghui Liu, Yuming Zou, Chen Zhang, Weidong Xu
BACKGROUND: With the re-popularity of metal-on-metal (MoM) bearing in recent years, the cobalt toxicity has been a cause for concern in the total hip replacement surgery by both physicians and patients. METHODS: MG-63 cell line was cultured in vitro and incubated with cobalt (II) chloride (CoCl2) and/or with astaxanthin (ASX) for 24 h. MTT assay was conducted to evaluate the cell viability after cobalt exposure and ASX treatment. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis was performed to examine the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level...
July 24, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738819/increased-biological-activity-of-protein-kinase-c-gamma-is-not-required-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-14
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Etsuko Shimobayashi, Josef P Kapfhammer
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder characterized by slowly progressive cerebellar dysfunction. Currently, 42 SCA types are known, some of which are caused by CAG repeat expansions, but others are caused by point mutations or deletions. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 14 (SCA14) is caused by missense mutations or deletions in the PRKCG gene, coding for protein kinase C gamma (PKCγ). It is still not well understood how these mutations eventually cause Purkinje cell dysfunction and death...
July 24, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738542/protective-effects-of-tannic-acid-on-acute-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-involvement-of-suppression-in-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Jianping Zhang, Lijing Cui, Xue Han, Yuanyuan Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Xi Chu, Fenghua Zhang, Ying Zhang, Li Chu
Doxorubicin (DOX) is a highly effective drug, but its cardiotoxicity restricts its therapeutic index. Oxidative stress is the major etiopathological factor in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Tannic acid (TA) has various anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities. The purpose of the study was to survey the possible effects of TA against acute DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Male Sprague-Dawleyrats were randomly divided into five groups: control, DOX (10mg/kg) alone, DOX with TA (20 and 40mg/kg), or DOX withcaptopril (30mg/kg) treatments...
July 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738532/genipin-attenuates-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-by-counteracting-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Eglal Mahgoub, Shanmugam Muthu Kumaraswamy, Kamal Hassan Kader, Balaji Venkataraman, Shreesh Ojha, Ernest Adeghate, Mohanraj Rajesh
Cisplatin (CP) is a potent and widely used chemotherapeutic agent. However, the clinical benefits of CP are compromised because it elicits nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity. In this study, we investigated the nephroprotective effects of the phytochemical genipin (GP) isolated from the gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) fruit, using a murine model of CP-induced nephropathy. GP pretreatment attenuated the CP-induced renal tissue injury by diminishing the serum blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and cystatin C levels, as well as those of kidney injury molecule-1...
July 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738499/aqueous-extract-of-codium-fragile-suppressed-inflammatory-responses-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-raw264-7-cells-and-carrageenan-induced-rats
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Seul Ah Lee, Sung-Min Moon, Yun Hee Choi, Seul Hee Han, Bo-Ram Park, Mi Suk Choi, Jae-Sung Kim, Yong Hwan Kim, Do Kyung Kim, Chun Sung Kim
Codium fragile (Suringar) Hariot has been used in Oriental medicine for the treatment of enterobiasis, dropsy, and dysuria and has been shown to have various biological effects. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of aqueous extract of C. fragile (AECF) using in vitro and in vivo models. Nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), inflammatory-related mRNAs, and proteins were determined using the Griess assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and western blotting, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737772/cortical-forces-and-cdc-42-control-clustering-of-par%C3%A2-proteins-for-caenorhabditis-elegans-embryonic%C3%A2-polarization
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Shyi-Chyi Wang, Tricia Yu Feng Low, Yukako Nishimura, Laurent Gole, Weimiao Yu, Fumio Motegi
Cell polarization enables zygotes to acquire spatial asymmetry, which in turn patterns cellular and tissue axes during development. Local modification in the actomyosin cytoskeleton mediates spatial segregation of partitioning-defective (PAR) proteins at the cortex, but how mechanical changes in the cytoskeleton are transmitted to PAR proteins remains elusive. Here we uncover a role of actomyosin contractility in the remodelling of PAR proteins through cortical clustering. During embryonic polarization in Caenorhabditis elegans, actomyosin contractility and the resultant cortical tension stimulate clustering of PAR-3 at the cortex...
July 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
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