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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723268/assay-of-calcium-transients-and-synapses-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons-by-kinetic-image-cytometry-and-high-content-analysis-an-in-vitro-model-system-for-postchemotherapy-cognitive-impairment
#1
Patrick M McDonough, Natalie L Prigozhina, Ranor C B Basa, Jeffrey H Price
Postchemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) is commonly exhibited by cancer patients treated with a variety of chemotherapeutic agents, including the endocrine disruptor tamoxifen (TAM). The etiology of PCCI is poorly understood. Our goal was to develop high-throughput assay methods to test the effects of chemicals on neuronal function applicable to PCCI. Rat hippocampal neurons (RHNs) were plated in 96- or 384-well dishes and exposed to test compounds (forskolin [FSK], 17β-estradiol [ES]), TAM or fulvestrant [FUL], aka ICI 182,780) for 6-14 days...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719204/norditerpenoids-and-dinorditerpenoids-from-the-seeds-of-podocarpus-nagi-as-cytotoxic-agents-and-autophagy-inducers
#2
Zhe-Ling Feng, Le-Le Zhang, Yuan-Dong Zheng, Qian-Yu Liu, Jing-Xin Liu, Lu Feng, Li Huang, Qing-Wen Zhang, Jin-Jian Lu, Li-Gen Lin
Nine new norditerpenoids and dinorditerpenoids, 2-oxonagilactone A (1), 7β-hydroxynagilactone D (2), nagilactones K and L (3 and 4), 3β-hydroxynagilactone L (5), 2β-hydroxynagilactone L (6), 3-epi-15-hydroxynagilactone D (7), 1α-chloro-2β,3β,15-trihydroxynagilactone L (8), and 15-hydroxynagilactone L (9), were isolated from the seeds of Podocarpus nagi, along with eight known analogues. The structures of the new compounds were established based on detailed NMR and HRESIMS analysis, as well as from their ECD spectra...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717168/dynamics-and-function-of-cxcr4-in-formation-of-the-granule-cell-layer-during-hippocampal-development
#3
Yuka Mimura-Yamamoto, Hiroshi Shinohara, Taichi Kashiwagi, Toru Sato, Seiji Shioda, Tatsunori Seki
In the developing hippocampus, granule cell progenitors (GCPs) arising in the ventricular zone (VZ) migrate to the subpial region, and form the granule cell layer (GCL) of the dentate gyrus (DG). To understand the mechanism of GCL formation, we investigated the dynamics and function of CXCR4 which is expressed by the GCPs and is a receptor of the CXCL12 chemokine secreted by cells surrounding the DG. In the VZ, CXCR4 was expressed on the plasma membrane of the GCPs. During their migration and in the DG, CXCR4 was internalized and accumulated as puncta close to the centrosomes, Golgi apparatus, and lysosomes...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716843/strength-in-numbers-phosphofructokinase-polymerization-prevails-in-the-liver
#4
Elma Zaganjor, Jessica B Spinelli, Marcia C Haigis
Numerous metabolic enzymes assemble into filamentous structures, which are thought to serve additional regulatory functions. In this issue, Webb et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201701084) show that the liver-specific isoform of phosphofructokinase-1 forms filaments in vitro and localizes as puncta in cells along the plasma membrane. This suggests spatial organization of glycolysis in higher organisms.
July 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706153/inhibitor-of-growth-protein-4-interacts-with-beclin-1-and-represses-autophagy
#5
Valentina Sica, José Manuel Bravo-San Pedro, Guo Chen, Guillermo Mariño, Sylvie Lachkar, Valentina Izzo, Maria Chiara Maiuri, Mireia Niso-Santano, Guido Kroemer
Beclin 1 (BECN1) is a multifunctional protein that activates the pro-autophagic class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PIK3C3, best known as VPS34), yet also interacts with multiple negative regulators. Here we report that BECN1 interacts with inhibitor of growth family member 4 (ING4), a tumor suppressor protein that is best known for its capacity to interact with the tumor suppressor protein p53 (TP53) and the acetyltransferase E1A binding protein p300 (EP300). Removal of TP53 or EP300 did not affect the BECN1/ING4 interaction, which however was lost upon culture of cells in autophagy-inducing, nutrient free conditions...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703794/impaired-autophagosome-clearance-contributes-to-neuronal-death-in-a-piglet-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
#6
Derong Cui, Dawei Sun, Xintao Wang, Liye Yi, Ewa Kulikowicz, Michael Reyes, Junchao Zhu, Zeng-Jin Yang, Wei Jiang, Raymond C Koehler
To examine the temporal relationship of cortical autophagic flux with delayed neuronal cell death after hypoxia-ischemia (HI) in neonatal piglets. HI was produced with 45-min hypoxia and 7-min airway occlusion in 3-5-day-old piglets. Markers of autophagic, lysosomal and cell death signaling were studied via immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, and histochemistry in piglet brains. In vitro, autophagy was impaired in cultured mouse cortical neurons treated with chloroquine with or without rapamycin for 1 d in the presence of Z-VAD-fmk, cyclosporine A, or vehicle control, and cell viability was assessed with the MTT assay...
July 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700811/probing-for-congenital-nasolacrimal-duct-obstruction
#7
REVIEW
Carisa Petris, Don Liu
BACKGROUND: Congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLDO) is a common condition causing excessive tearing in the first year of life. Infants present with excessive tearing or mucoid discharge from the eyes due to blockage of the nasolacrimal duct system, which can result in maceration of the skin of the eyelids and local infections, such as conjunctivitis, that may require antibiotics. The incidence of nasolacrimal duct obstruction in early childhood ranges from 5% to 20% and often resolves without surgery...
July 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698382/phosphatidylserine-dictates-the-assembly-and-dynamics-of-caveolae-in-the-plasma-membrane
#8
Takashi Hirama, Raibatak Das, Yanbo Yang, Charles Ferguson, Amy Won, Christopher M Yip, Jason G Kay, Sergio Grinstein, Robert G Parton, Gregory D Fairn
Caveolae are bulb-shaped nanodomains of the plasma membrane that are enriched in cholesterol and sphingolipids. They have many physiological functions, including endocytic transport, mechanosensing, and regulation of membrane and lipid transport. Caveola formation relies on integral membrane proteins termed caveolins (CAVs) and the cavin family of peripheral proteins. Both protein families bind anionic phospholipids, but the precise roles of these lipids are unknown. Here, we studied the effects of phosphatidylserine (PtdSer), phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PtdIns4P), and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PtdIns4,5P2) on caveolar formation and dynamics...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695613/ngl-3-induced-presynaptic-differentiation-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-an-afadin-dependent-nectin-1-independent-manner
#9
Tomohiko Maruo, Kenji Mandai, Muneaki Miyata, Shotaro Sakakibara, Shujie Wang, Kousyoku Sai, Yu Itoh, Aika Kaito, Takeshi Fujiwara, Akira Mizoguchi, Yoshimi Takai
A hippocampal mossy fiber synapse, which is implicated in learning and memory, has a complex structure. We have previously shown using afadin-deficient mice that afadin plays multiple roles in the structural and functional differentiations of this synapse. We investigated here using a co-culture system with cultured hippocampal neurons and non-neuronal COS-7 cells expressing synaptogenic cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) whether afadin is involved in the presynaptic differentiation of hippocampal synapses. Postsynaptic CAMs NGL-3 (alias, a Lrrc4b gene product) and neuroligin induced presynaptic differentiation by trans-interacting with their respective presynaptic binding CAMs LAR (alias, a Ptprf gene product) and neurexin...
July 11, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676953/regulation-of-sirt1-ampk-axis-is-critically-involved-in-gallotannin-induced-senescence-and-impaired-autophagy-leading-to-cell-death-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#10
Hee Young Kwon, Ju-Ha Kim, Bonglee Kim, Sanjay K Srivastava, Sung-Hoon Kim
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most fatal malignancies with high mortality worldwide. Here the underlying antitumor mechanism of gallotannin was elucidated in HCC cells. Gallotannin suppressed viability and colony formation, increased subG1 portion and also induced senescence via upregulation of p21, G0/G1 arrest and higher SA-β-gal activity in HepG2 and SK-Hep1 cells. However, pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-FMK reversed the ability of gallotannin to activate caspase 3 at 48 h after treatment in two HCC cells...
July 4, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674405/lack-of-evidence-for-involvement-of-tonebp-and-hyperosmotic-stimulus-in-induction-of-autophagy-in-the-nucleus-pulposus
#11
Chao Liu, Hyowon Choi, Zariel I Johnson, Jiwei Tian, Irving M Shapiro, Makarand V Risbud
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells reside in a physiologically hyperosmotic environment within the intervertebral disc. TonEBP/NFAT5 is an osmo-sensitive transcription factor that controls expression of genes critical for cell survival under hyperosmotic conditions. A recent report on NP and studies of other cell types have shown that hyperosmolarity triggers autophagy. However, little is known whether such autophagy induction occurs through TonEBP. The goal of this study was to investigate the role of TonEBP in hyperosmolarity-dependent autophagy in NP...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671121/selenomethionine-attenuates-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-level-by-both-inhibiting-amyloid-%C3%AE-production-and-modulating-autophagy-in-neuron-2a-a%C3%AE-ppswe-cells
#12
Zhong-Hao Zhang, Qiu-Yan Wu, Chen Chen, Rui Zheng, Yao Chen, Qiong Liu, Jia-Zuan Ni, Guo-Li Song
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex and progressive neurological disorder, and amyloid-β (Aβ) has been recognized as the major cause of AD. Inhibiting Aβ production and/or enhancing the clearance of Aβ to reduce its levels are still the effective therapeutic strategies pursued in anti-AD research. In previous studies, we have reported that selenomethionine (Se-Met), a major form of selenium in animals and humans with significant antioxidant capacity, can reduce both amyloid-β (Aβ) deposition and tau hyperphosphorylation in a triple transgenic mouse model of AD...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664994/trauma-induces-overexpression-of-cx43-in-human-fetal-membrane-defects
#13
David W Barrett, Aumie Kethees, Christopher Thrasivoulou, Alvaro Mata, Alex Virasami, Neil J Sebire, Alex C Engels, Jan A Deprest, David L Becker, Anna L David, Tina T Chowdhury
OBJECTIVE: We developed an in vitro model to examine whether trauma induces connexin 43 (Cx43) expression and collagen organisation in the amniotic membrane (AM) of fetal membrane (FM) defects. METHOD: Term human FM were traumatised in vitro. Cell morphology and Cx43 was examined in the wound edge AM by immunofluorescence (IMF) confocal microscopy and compared to control AM. Collagen microstructure was examined by Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) imaging. Cell viability was assessed with calcein and ethidium staining...
June 30, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660311/astragalus-polysaccharides-inhibits-cell-growth-and-pro-inflammatory-response-in-il-1%C3%AE-stimulated-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes-by-enhancement-of-autophagy-via-pi3k-akt-mtor-inhibition
#14
Qingliang Meng, Xuzhao Du, Huilian Wang, Huimin Gu, Junping Zhan, Zipeng Zhou
The hyperplastic growth of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) and inflammatory response are pathological hallmarks of RA. It has been reported that Astragalus polysaccharides (APS) possess appreciable anti-inflammatory activity against adjuvant-induced arthritis. Nevertheless, little is known about the role and detailed mechanism underlying the therapeutic effects of APS in RA. This study demonstrated that administration of APS dose-dependently impaired cell viability, increased cell apoptosis by decreasing Bcl-2 expression, increasing Bax expression and Caspase3 activity in IL-1β-stimulated RSC-364 cells and RA-FLS...
June 28, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660254/cb1-allosteric-modulator-org27569-is-an-antagonist-inverse-agonist-of-erk1-2-signaling
#15
Thomas F Gamage, Johnathon C Anderson, Mary E Abood
Allosteric modulation of cannabinoid type-1 receptors (CB1) is a novel means through which signaling bias may be exerted. Org27569 remains the most-characterized CB1 allosteric modulator yet there are conflicting reports regarding its effects on extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling. We conducted a systematic evaluation of Org27569 signaling through ERK. We have found that Org27569 is an antagonist of human CB1 (hCB1) mediated ERK signaling in HEK293 cells where it fully blocks CP55,940- but does not completely inhibit THC- and 2-AG-stimulated ERK1/2 activation...
December 2016: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652735/involvement-of-autophagy-in-tantalum-nanoparticle-induced-osteoblast-proliferation
#16
Chengrong Kang, Limin Wei, Bin Song, Liangjiao Chen, Jia Liu, Bin Deng, Xuan Pan, Longquan Shao
Porous tantalum (Ta) implants are highly corrosion resistant and biocompatible, and they possess significantly better initial stability than that of conventional titanium (Ti) implants. During loading wear, Ta nanoparticles (Ta-NPs) that were deposited on the surface of a porous Ta implant are inevitably released and come into direct contact with peri-implant osteoblasts. The wear debris may influence cell behavior and implant stabilization. However, the interaction of Ta-NPs with osteoblasts has not been clearly investigated...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650983/differential-induction-of-apoptosis-and-autophagy-by-pyrrolizidine-alkaloid-clivorine-in-human-hepatoma-huh-7-5-cells-and-its-toxic-implication
#17
Wenju Liu, Xu Li, Bo Zhou, Shoucai Fang, Wenzhe Ho, Hui Chen, Hao Liang, Li Ye, Jun Tang
Growing evidence suggests that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs)-induced hepatotoxicity is mediated by multiple cell death/defence modalities. However, the detailed mechanisms are still lacking. In this study, the hepatotoxic effects of four PAs including three retronecine-type ones (senecionine, seneciphylline and monocrotaline) and one otonecine-type (clivorine) on the proliferation of Huh-7.5 cells and the possible mechanisms were investigated. The results showed that all the PAs could inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649802/punctal-occlusion-for-dry-eye-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Ann-Margret Ervin, Andrew Law, Andrew D Pucker
BACKGROUND: Dry eye syndrome is a disorder of the tear film that is associated with symptoms of ocular discomfort. Punctal occlusion is a mechanical treatment that blocks the tear drainage system in order to aid in the preservation of natural tears on the ocular surface. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of punctal plugs versus no punctal plugs, different types of punctal plugs, and other interventions for managing dry eye. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register) (2016, Issue 11), MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 8 December 2016), Embase...
June 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646105/the-glycolytic-enzyme-phosphofructokinase-1-assembles-into-filaments
#19
Bradley A Webb, Anne M Dosey, Torsten Wittmann, Justin M Kollman, Diane L Barber
Despite abundant knowledge of the regulation and biochemistry of glycolytic enzymes, we have limited understanding on how they are spatially organized in the cell. Emerging evidence indicates that nonglycolytic metabolic enzymes regulating diverse pathways can assemble into polymers. We now show tetramer- and substrate-dependent filament assembly by phosphofructokinase-1 (PFK1), which is considered the "gatekeeper" of glycolysis because it catalyzes the step committing glucose to breakdown. Recombinant liver PFK1 (PFKL) isoform, but not platelet PFK1 (PFKP) or muscle PFK1 (PFKM) isoforms, assembles into filaments...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641033/evaluation-of-planned-bicanalicular-nasolacrimal-tube-retention-in-treating-punctal-stenosis-or-occlusion-secondary-to-trachoma
#20
Rania A Ahmed, Ahmed M Kamal, Mohamed A Zayed
This article evaluates retaining bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal tube in patients susceptible to restenosis after punctoplasty. Sixty-nine eyes (38 patients) suffering from epiphora due to stenosis or occlusion of both punctae were included in this prospective study. All had 3 snip punctoplasty and bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal duct insertion. Cases associated with proximal canalicular stenosis or obstructions were excluded. Tolerance to tube presence until the time of loss or removal was evaluated using a score (0 to 2)...
June 22, 2017: Orbit
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