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Rui Yamaguchi, Arisa Sakamoto, Reona Yamaguchi, Misa Haraguchi, Shinji Narahara, Hiroyuki Sugiuchi, Yasuo Yamaguchi
The stimuli inducing expression of single immunoglobulin IL-1-related receptor (SIGIRR) and the relevant regulatory mechanisms are not well defined. Transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) delays internalization of neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) and subsequently enhances cellular signaling. This study investigated the effect of TGFβ1 on SIGIRR protein production by human M1 macrophages in response to stimulation with substance P (SP). SP caused upregulation of SIGIRR expression in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas aprepitant (an NK1R inhibitor) blunted this response...
March 17, 2018: Cytokine
Kaishun Shi, Qingjing Ru, Chenyi Zhang, Jie Huang
BACKGROUND Cyclin Y (CCNY) is a member of the cyclin family of proteins that regulate the cell cycle. The aims of this study were to compare the expression of CCNY in normal liver and human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in normal and HCC cell lines, and in mouse HCC tumor xenografts. MATERIAL AND METHODS Tumor tissues from 55 patients diagnosed with HCC were studied for CCNY expression. Human HCC cell lines, SK-Hep1, HepG2, HEP3B, HuH7 and L02 were studied using the MTT cell proliferation assay, cell apoptosis, transwell and wound healing assays...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Silvia Di Agostino, Fabio Valenti, Andrea Sacconi, Giulia Fontemaggi, Matteo Pallocca, Claudio Pulito, Federica Ganci, Paola Muti, Sabrina Strano, Giovanni Blandino
Over 70% of head & neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients carry TP53 oncogenic mutations. Here we studied the role of specific tumor-derived mutant p53 proteins in the aberrant transcription of long non-coding (lnc) MIR205HG gene in head and neck cancer cells. Methods: To understand the role of lncMIR205HG, that we showed to be transcriptionally regulated by mutant p53 in HNSCC, we have employed siRNA and shRNA in CAL27 and FaDu HNSCC cell lines to suppress p53 gene expression in ChIP assays and RT-qPCR...
2018: Theranostics
Jiehua Zhou, Daniel Lazar, Haitang Li, Xin Xia, Sangeetha Satheesan, Paige Charlins, Denis O'Mealy, Ramesh Akkina, Sheena Saayman, Marc S Weinberg, John J Rossi, Kevin V Morris
Gene-based therapies represent a promising therapeutic paradigm for the treatment of HIV-1, as they have the potential to maintain sustained viral inhibition with reduced treatment interventions. Such an option may represent a long-term treatment alternative to highly active antiretroviral therapy. Methods: We previously described a therapeutic approach, referred to as transcriptional gene silencing (TGS), whereby small noncoding RNAs directly inhibit the transcriptional activity of HIV-1 by targeting sites within the viral promoter, specifically the 5' long terminal repeat (LTR)...
2018: Theranostics
Jiao Ji, Yan Yu, Zhi-Ling Li, Ming-Yuan Chen, Rong Deng, Xiang Huang, Guang-Feng Wang, Meng-Xia Zhang, Qi Yang, Senthilkumar Ravichandran, Gong-Kan Feng, Xue-Lian Xu, Chen-Lu Yang, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Lin Jiao, Dajun Yang, Xiao-Feng Zhu
Rationale: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most frequent head and neck tumor in South China. The presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in NPC contributes to tumor maintenance and therapeutic resistance, while the ability of CSCs to escape from the apoptosis pathway may render them the resistant property to the therapies. Inhibitor of apoptosis proteins family proteins (IAPs), which are overexpressed in nasopharyngeal carcinoma stem cells, may play an important role in maintaining nasopharyngeal cancer stem cell properties...
2018: Theranostics
Yu Fu, Yingze Wang
Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins are a family of important splicing factors, which are involved in multiple aspects of RNA processing, including splicing, mRNA nuclear export, mRNA stability and translation. Previous studies have identified a number of SR proteins that exhibit abnormal expression in various tumor types. In the present study, the expression and function of serine/arginine-rich splicing factor 7 (SRSF7) were investigated in colon and lung cancer. Using tissue immunohistochemistry, it was observed that SRSF7 was overexpressed in colon and lung cancer tissues...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ying Huang, Keke Han, Qian Ren
Toll receptors are involved in innate immunity of invertebrates. In this study, we identify and characterize two Toll genes (named HcToll4 and HcToll5 ) from triangle sail mussel Hyriopsis cumingii. HcToll4 has complete cDNA sequence of 3,162 bp and encodes a protein of 909 amino acids. HcToll5 cDNA is 4,501 bp in length and encodes a protein of 924 amino acids. Both deduced HcToll4 and HcToll5 protein contain signal peptide, extracellular leucine rich repeats (LRRs), and intracellular Toll/interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor domains...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Kirsten F Smit, Moritz Konkel, Raphaela Kerindongo, Maximilian A Landau, Coert J Zuurbier, Markus W Hollmann, Benedikt Preckel, Rienk Nieuwland, Martin Albrecht, Nina C Weber
Caveolins are involved in anaesthetic-induced cardioprotection. Actin filaments are located in close connection to Caveolins in the plasma membrane. We hypothesised that helium might affect the cytoskeleton and induce secretion of Caveolin. HCAEC, HUVEC and Cav-1 siRNA transfected HUVEC were exposed for 20 minutes to either helium (5% CO2 , 25% O2 , 70% He) or control gas (5% CO2 , 25% O2 , 70% N2 ). Cells and supernatants were collected for infrared Western blot analysis, immunofluorescence staining, nanoparticle tracking analysis and permeability measurements...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alice Pasini, Oliver J Brand, Gisli Jenkins, Alan J Knox, Linhua Pang
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), with its main antifibrotic metabolite PGE2 , is regarded as an antifibrotic gene. Repressed COX-2 expression and deficient PGE2 have been shown to contribute to the activation of lung fibroblasts and excessive deposition of collagen in pulmonary fibrosis. We have previously demonstrated that COX-2 expression in lung fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is epigenetically silenced and can be restored by epigenetic inhibitors. This study aimed to investigate whether COX-2 downregulation induced by the profibrotic cytokine transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in normal lung fibroblasts could be prevented by epigenetic inhibitors...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Bing Li, Jie Zhao, Jian-Xiong Ma, Guo-Min Li, Yang Zhang, Guo-Sheng Xing, Jun Liu, Xin-Long Ma
Disuse osteoporosis (DOP) is a common complication of the lack of mechanical loading. The precise mechanism underlying DOP remains unknown, although epigenetic modifications may be a major cause. Recently, cumulative research has revealed that DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) proteins can catalyze the conversion of cytosine to 5-methylcytosine (5mC), altering the epigenetic state of DNA. Here, we report that DNMT1 expression and lncRNA-H19 methylation are upregulated in the femoral tissues of DOP rats, accompanied with inhibited Erk signaling pathway...
March 16, 2018: Bone
Ping-Er Wang, Lei Zhang, Jun Ying, Xing Jin, Cheng Luo, Shibing Xu, Rui Dong, Luwei Xiao, Peijian Tong, Hongting Jin
BACKGROUND: Articular cartilage degeneration plays a key role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). Bushenhuoxue formula (BSHXF) has been widely used in the treatment of OA in clinics. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for the chondroprotective effect of BSHXF remain to be elucidated. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of BSHXF on OA mice model. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effects of BSHXF on destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM)-induced chondrocyte degradation in OA mice model...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Gwang Hun Park, Hun Min Song, Su Bin Park, Ho-Jun Son, Yurry Um, Hyun-Seok Kim, Jin Boo Jeong
BACKGROUND: Because twigs of Cinnamomum cassia (TC) have been reported to exert anti-cancer activity, the mechanistic study for TC's anti-cancer activity is required. Thus, we elucidated the potential molecular mechanism of TC's anti-proliferative effect and the induction of apoptosis in human colorectal cancer cells. METHODS: How water extracts form TC (TC-HW) was used in this study. Anti-cell proliferative effect of TC-HW was evaluated by MTT assay. The change of protein or mRNA level by TC-HW was evaluated by Western blot and RT-RCR, respectively...
January 25, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jie Lei, Lei Zhao, Yujing Zhang, Yanfeng Wu, Yanbo Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The mechanisms by which high glucose (HG) results in podocyte damage remains unclear. We investigated the potential role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and mTOR signaling in HG injured podocyte. METHODS: In cultured mouse podocytes, cellular apoptosis was assessed using FITC-Annexin V and propidium iodide staining followed by flow cytometry analysis. Apoptosis-related proteins as well as the ER stress and the mTOR signals were evaluated using immunoblot assay...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Salma H Azam, Mitchell Smith, Vivek Somasundaram, Chad V Pecot
Angiogenesis is the growth of new vessels from pre-existing vasculature and is an important component of many biological processes, including embryogenesis and development, wound healing, tumor growth and metastasis, and ocular and cardiovascular diseases. Effective in vitro models that recapitulate the biology of angiogenesis are needed to appropriately study this process and identify mechanisms of regulation that can be ultimately targeted for novel therapeutic strategies. The bead angiogenesis assay has been previously demonstrated to recapitulate the multiple stages of endothelial sprouting in vitro...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Xingmin Aaron Zhang, Thomas F J Martin
Here we describe two assays to measure dense core vesicle (DCV) exocytosis-mediated cargo secretion in neuroendocrine cells. To conduct siRNA screens for novel genes in regulated DCV exocytosis, we developed a plate reader-based secretion assay using DCV cargo, NPY-Venus, and an orthogonal3 H-serotonin secretion assay. The NPY-Venus secretion assay was successfully used for a high throughput siRNA screen, and the serotonin secretion assay was used to validate hits identified from the screen (Sorensen, 2017; Zhang et al...
January 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
Jie Peng, Fang Hou, Jun Feng, Shui-Xian Xu, Xiao-Yan Meng
Cervical cancer is one of the most malignant types of tumor and the fourth leading cause of cancer-associated mortality in females worldwide. High expression of brain cytoplasmic RNA 1 (BCYRN1) has been detected in various tumors. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of BCYRN1 in the viability and motility of cervical cancer, and the relevant mechanism. The results demonstrated that BCYRN1 was upregulated in cervical cancer tissues compared with normal tissues. Elevated levels of BCYRN1 were also detected in three human cervical cancer cell lines (SiHa, HeLa and CaSki) compared with non-cancerous ectocervical epithelial cell line (Ect1/E6E7)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Hui Di, Xinting Zhang, Yi Guo, Yanfang Shi, Chuan Fang, Yu Yuan, Jiwei Wang, Chao Shang, Wenzhe Guo, Chunhui Li
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a prevalent and aggressive disease, and the development of a novel therapy to better treat advanced GBM is urgently required. Lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA), which functions as a key enzyme in transforming pyruvate into lactate, has attracted more attention in recent years due to its critical role in various types of advanced cancer. Previous data derived from the Oncomine database have shown that the expression of LDHA is higher in GBM tissues than that in corresponding normal control tissues...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jikui Xiong, Yan Wang, Yanli Gu, Yadong Xue, Lin Dang, Yuzhen Li
Malignant melanoma is characterized by rapid deterioration, early metastasis and high mortality. Cdk5 regulatory subunit-associated protein 1 (CDK5RAP1), which catalyzes 2-methylthio (ms2 ) modification of mitochondrial transfer RNAs, has been reported to induce cancer cell apoptosis, by a phospho-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (p-JNK) signaling pathway. The present study was the first to report on the association between CDK5RAP1 deficiency and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway during the apoptosis process in human malignant melanoma (A375) cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ming Li, Dongfeng Qiao, Juan Pu, Wanwei Wang, Weiguo Zhu, Haiyan Liu
Nectin-2 is overexpressed in cancer cells and is associated with poor prognosis in patients with various types of cancers. However, its involvement in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains unknown. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern of Nectin-2, its clinical significance and its roles in the malignant phenotypes of ESCC. Expression levels of Nectin-2 mRNA and protein were respectively detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blotting and immunohistochemistry, based on 106 newly diagnosed ESCC patients...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jun-Yi Wu, Zhong-Xia Wang, Guang Zhang, Xian Lu, Guang-Hui Qiang, Wei Hu, An-Lai Ji, Jun-Hua Wu, Chun-Ping Jiang
Purpose: FTY720, known as fingolimod, is a new immunosuppressive agent with effective anticancer properties. Although it was recently confirmed that FTY720 inhibits cancer cell proliferation, FTY720 can also induce protective autophagy and reduce cytotoxicity. Blocking autophagy with Beclin 1 siRNA after treatment with FTY720 promotes apoptosis. The objective of this study was to enhance the anticancer effect of FTY720 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by targeted co-delivery of FTY720 and Beclin 1 siRNA using calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs)...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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