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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454460/melatonin-treatment-induces-apoptosis-through-regulating-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathways-in-human-gastric-cancer-sgc7901-cells
#1
Weimin Li, Zhonglue Wang, Yina Chen, Kaijing Wang, Ting Lu, Fei Ying, Mengdi Fan, Zhiyin Li, Jiansheng Wu
Melatonin, which is synthesized by the pineal gland and released into the blood, exhibits antitumor properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects, particularly in stomach cancer, remain unknown. In the present study, the effect of melatonin on the nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling pathway and the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway, involving p38 and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK), were investigated in SGC7901 gastric cancer cells. In addition, the effect of melatonin on the survival, migration and apoptosis of these cells was investigated in vitro in order to evaluate the use of melatonin for the treatment of gastric cancer...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454339/puma-decreases-the-growth-of-prostate-cancer-pc-3-cells-independent-of-p53
#2
Zhengfei Shan, Qingzuo Liu, Yuling Li, Jitao Wu, Dekang Sun, Zhenli Gao
PUMA (p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis), a member of the B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) protein family, is a pro-apoptotic protein. PUMA expression is modulated by the tumor suppressor p53. PUMA has a role in rapid cell death via p53-dependent and -independent mechanisms. To evaluate whether p53 is required for PUMA-mediated apoptosis in prostate cancer cells, p53 protein was silenced in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells by using p53 small interfering RNA (siRNA). The interference efficiency of p53 on RNA and protein levels was detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454166/fabrication-of-multipoint-side-firing-optical-fiber-by-laser-micro-ablation
#3
Hoang Nguyen, Md Masud Parvez Arnob, Aaron T Becker, John C Wolfe, Matthew K Hogan, Philip J Horner, Wei-Chuan Shih
A multipoint, side-firing design enables an optical fiber to output light at multiple desired locations along the fiber body. This provides advantages over traditional end-to-end fibers, especially in applications requiring fiber bundles such as brain stimulation or remote sensing. This Letter demonstrates that continuous wave (CW) laser micro-ablation can controllably create conical-shaped cavities, or side windows, for outputting light. The dimensions of these cavities determine the amount of firing light and their firing angle...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454119/anti-proliferative-and-anti-secretory-effects-of-everolimus-on-human-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-primary-cultures-is-there-any-benefit-from-combination-with-somatostatin-analogs
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Amira Mohamed, David Romano, Alexandru Saveanu, Catherine Roche, Manuela Albertelli, Federica Barbieri, Thierry Brue, Patricia Niccoli, Jean-Robert Delpero, Stephane Garcia, Diego Ferone, Tullio Florio, Vincent Moutardier, Flora Poizat, Anne Barlier, Corinne Gerard
Therapeutic management of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) is challenging. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor everolimus recently obtained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs). Despite its promising antitumor efficacy observed in cell lines, clinical benefit for patients is unsatisfactory. The limited therapeutic potential of everolimus in cancer cells has been attributed to Akt activation due to feedback loops relief following mTOR inhibition...
April 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454064/withaferin-a-a-steroidal-lactone-encapsulated-mannose-decorated-liposomes-ameliorates-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-intriguing-the-macrophage-repolarization-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritic-rats
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Farhath Sultana, Manoj Kumar Neog, MahaboobKhan Rasool
In order to develop a better therapeutic approach for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), withaferin-A; a steroidal lactone incorporated with mannosylated liposomes (ML-WA) was administered to adjuvant induced arthritic rats in intent to target the synovial macrophages. The confocal microscopy studies showed a successful internalization of ML-WA in the primarily isolated synovial macrophages. Consequently, targeting synovial macrophages via ML-WA reduced the oxidative stress (ROS and NO), and paw edema, however, a progressive gain in the body weight was observed in AIA rats...
April 23, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453889/discrepant-platelet-and-plasma-von-willebrand-factor-in-von-willebrand-disease-patients-with-p-pro2808leufs-24
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Mackenzie L Bowman, Fred G Pluthero, Angie Tuttle, Lara Casey, Ling Li, Hilary Christensen, K Sue Robinson, David Lillicrap, Walter H A Kahr, Paula James
BACKGROUND: A novel variant, p.Pro2808Leufs*24, in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene was previously identified in the Canadian von Willebrand disease (VWD) patient population. Clinical observations of type 3 VWD patients with this variant indicate a milder bleeding phenotype compared to other type 3 patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of the Pro2808Leufs*24 variant on the molecular pathogenesis of VWD and correlate with the phenotype observed in patients...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453766/comparable-immune-function-inhibition-by-the-infliximab-biosimilar-ct-p13-implications-for-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#7
Ki Jung Lim, So Jung Lee, Sunghwan Kim, Su Yeon Lee, Min Seob Lee, Yoon A Park, Eun Jin Choi, Eun Beom Lee, Hwang Keun Jun, Jong Moon Cho, SooYoung Lee, Ki Sung Kwon, Byung Pil Lim, Myung-Shin Jeon, Eui Cheol Shin, Yong Sung Choi, Ella Fudim, Orit Picard, Miri Yavzori, Shomron Ben-Horin, Shin Jae Chang
Background and Aims: CT-P13 is the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody to infliximab, and was recently approved in the European Union, Japan, Korea, and USA for all six indications of infliximab. However, studies directly assessing the biologic activity of CT-P13 versus inflximab in the context of inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] are still scanty. In the present study, we aimed to compare the biological activities of CT-P13 and infliximab with specific focus on intestinal cells so as to gain insight into the potential biosimilarity of these two agents for treatment of IBD...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453571/effect-of-shenmai-injection-on-preventing-the-development-of-nitroglycerin-induced-tolerance-in-rats
#8
Qian Zhou, Yan Sun, Wangxiao Tan, Xiao Liu, Yuchen Qian, Xianghui Ma, Ting Wang, Xiaoying Wang, Xiumei Gao
Long-term nitroglycerin (NTG) therapy causes tolerance to its effects attributing to increased oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. Shenmai injection (SMI), which is clinically used to treat cardiovascular diseases, consists of two herbal medicines, Ginseng Rubra and Ophiopogonjaponicas, and is reported to have antioxidant effects. The present study was designed to investigate the potential preventive effects of Shenmai injection on development of nitroglycerin-induced tolerance. The present study involves both in vivo and in vitro experiments to investigate nitroglycerin-induced tolerance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453349/chronic-exertional-compartment-syndrome-of-the-hand-case-report-and-literature-review
#9
C Liam Dwyer, Maximillian C Soong, N George Kasparyan
BACKGROUND: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is characterized by activity-induced pain, swelling, and decreased muscle function due to increased pressure and decreased circulation within a confined muscle compartment. Although well-known to occur in the leg, involvement of the hand has rarely been reported in the literature. METHODS: We present a 44 year old male with CECS involving bilateral thenar and hypothenar compartments. Symptoms were reproduced on exam by driving screws into wood with a screwdriver...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449351/long-term-plasticity-of-corticostriatal-synapses-is-modulated-by-pathway-specific-co-release-of-opioids-through-kappa-opioid-receptors
#10
Sarah L Hawes, Armando G Salinas, David M Lovinger, Kim T Blackwell
Synaptic plasticity in striatum adjusts behaviour adaptively during skill learning, or maladaptively in the case of addiction. Just as dopamine plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity underlying normal skill learning and addiction, endogenous and exogenous opiates also modulate learning and addiction-related striatal plasticity. Though the role of opioid receptors in long-term depression in striatum has been characterized, their effect on long-term potentiation (LTP) remains unknown. In particular, direct pathway (Dopamine D1 Receptor containing; D1R) - spiny projection neurons (SPNs) co-release the opioid neuropeptide dynorphin, which acts at presynaptic kappa opioid receptors (KORs) on dopaminergic afferents and can negatively regulate dopamine release...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449002/purification-and-biochemical-and-kinetic-properties-of-an-endo-polygalacturonase-from-the-industrial-fungus-aspergillus-sojae
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Dante Fratebianchi, Ivana Alejandra Cavello, Sebastián Fernando Cavalitto
An endo-polygalacturonase secreted by Aspergillus sojae was characterized after being purified to homogeneity from submerged cultures with orange peel as the sole carbon source by gel filtration and ion-exchange chromatographies. According to SDS-PAGE and analytical isoelectric focusing analyses, the enzyme presents a molecular weight of 47 kDa and pI value of 4.2. This enzyme exhibits considerable stability under highly acidic to neutral conditions (pH 1.5-6.5) and presents a half-life of 2 h at 50°C. Besides its activity towards pectin and polygalacturonic acid, the enzyme displays pectin-releasing activity, acting best in a pH range of 3...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448995/cytoprotective-effect-of-heat-shock-protein-27-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-apoptosis-of-renal-epithelial-hk-2-cells
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Chunmei Li, Jiang Wu, Yuan Li, Guangqun Xing
BACKGROUND: In response to various stimuli, heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) functions as an anti-apoptotic or/and anti-inflammatory factor which confers a survival advantage to cells. This study was aimed to explore whether Hsp27 also has a cytoprotective role in human renal tubular epithelial cells, and to evaluate its potential in treating septic acute kidney injury (septic AKI). METHODS: HK-2 cells were subjected to different concentrations (0-10 µg/mL) of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) for various times (0-24 h) to establish a septic AKI model in vitro...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448991/participation-of-antidiuretic-hormone-adh-in-asthma-exacerbations-induced-by-psychological-stress-via-pka-pkc-signal-pathway-in-airway-related-vagal-preganglionic-neurons-avpns
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Lili Hou, Lei Zhu, Min Zhang, Xingyi Zhang, Guoqing Zhang, Zhenwei Liu, Qiang Li, Xin Zhou
AIMS: Present study was performed to examine whether ADH was implicated in psychological stress asthma and to explore the underlying molecular mechanism. METHODS: We not only examined ADH levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) via radioimmunoassay, but also measured ADH receptor (ADHR) expression in airway-related vagal preganglionic neurons (AVPNs) through real-time PCR in all experimental mice. Western blotting was performed to evaluate the relationship between ADH and PKA/PKC in psychological stress asthma...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448873/osthole-attenuates-lipid-accumulation-regulates-the-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-increases-antioxidants-in-fl83b-cells
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Wen-Chung Huang, Po-Chen Liao, Chun-Hsun Huang, Sindy Hu, Shih-Chun Huang, Shu-Ju Wu
Osthole is found in Cnidium monnieri (L.) and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. It also inhibits the proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. This study aimed to evaluate the osthole suppressive nonalcoholic fatty liver disease effects in oleic acid (OA)-induced hepatic steatosis and if it can modulate inflammatory responses and oxidative stress. FL83B cells were pretreated with OA (250μΜ) for 24h, and then added different concentrations of osthole (3-100μM) for 24h. Subsequently, lipolysis and transcription factors of adipogenesis and phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase proteins were measured...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448818/pegylated-bilirubin-nanoparticle-as-an-anti-oxidative-and-anti-inflammatory-demulcent-in-pancreatic-islet-xenotransplantation
#15
Min Jun Kim, Yonghyun Lee, Sangyong Jon, Dong Yun Lee
Transplanted islets suffer hypoxic stress, which leads to nonspecific inflammation. This is the major cause of islet graft failure during the early stage of intrahepatic islet transplantation. Although bilirubin has shown potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory functions, its clinical applications have been limited due to its insolubility and short half-life. To overcome this problem, novel amphiphilic bilirubin nanoparticles are designed. Hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is conjugated to the hydrophobic bilirubin molecule...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448715/acyl-carrier-protein-cyanylation-delivers-a-ketoacyl-synthase-carrier-protein-crosslink
#16
Grace Thiele, Conne Friedman, Kathleen Tsai, Joris Beld, Casey H Londergan, Louise K Charkoudian
Acyl carrier proteins (ACPs) are central hubs in polyketide and fatty acid biosynthetic pathways, but the fast motions of the ACP's phosphosphopantetheine (Ppant) arm make its conformational dynamics difficult to capture using traditional spectroscopic approaches. Here we report that converting the terminal thiol of E. coli ACP's Ppant arm into a thiocyanate activates this site to form a selective crosslink with the active site cys-teine of its partner ketoacyl synthase (KS; FabF). The reaction releases a cyanide anion, which can be detected by infrared spectroscopy...
April 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448625/structural-and-functional-studies-of-ferredoxin-and-oxygenase-components-of-3-nitrotoluene-dioxygenase-from-diaphorobacter-sp-strain-ds2
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Archana Kumari, Deepak Singh, S Ramaswamy, Gurunath Ramanathan
3-nitrotoluene dioxygenase (3NTDO) from Diaphorobacter sp. strain DS2 catalyses the conversion of 3-nitrotoluene (3NT) into a mixture of 3- and 4-methylcatechols with release of nitrite. We report here, X-ray crystal structures of oxygenase and ferredoxin components of 3NTDO at 2.9 Å and 2.4 Å, respectively. The residues responsible for nitrite release in 3NTDO were further probed by four single and two double mutations in the catalytic site of α-subunit of the dioxygenase. Modification of Val 350 to Phe, Ile 204 to Ala, and Asn258 to Val by site directed mutagenesis resulted in inactive enzymes revealing the importance of these residues in catalysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448526/human-alkaline-phosphatase-dephosphorylates-microbial-products-and-is-elevated-in-preterm-neonates-with-a-history-of-late-onset-sepsis
#18
Matthew Pettengill, Juan D Matute, Megan Tresenriter, Julie Hibbert, David Burgner, Peter Richmond, José Luis Millán, Al Ozonoff, Tobias Strunk, Andrew Currie, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: A host defense function for Alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) is suggested by the contribution of intestinal ALP to detoxifying bacterial lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in animal models in vivo and the elevation of ALP activity following treatment of human cells with inflammatory stimuli in vitro. However the activity of ALP in human plasma (primarily tissue-nonspecific ALP; TNAP) on lipopolysaccharide and other microbial products has not been assessed, nor has its expression been studied in preterm newborns, a vulnerable population at high risk of sepsis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448438/antiplatelet-activity-of-a-newly-synthesized-novel-ruthenium-ii-a-potential-role-for-akt-jnk-signaling
#19
Themmila Khamrang, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Cheng-Ying Hsieh, Marappan Velusamy, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
In oncotherapy, ruthenium complexes are considered as potential alternatives for platinum compounds, and have been proved as promising anticancer drugs with high efficacy and lesser side effects. Platelet activation plays a major role in cancer metastasis and progression. Hence, this study explored the effect of a newly synthesized ruthenium complex, [Ru(η⁶-cymene)(L)Cl]BF₄(TQ5), where L = 4-phenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-quinazoline), on human platelet activation. TQ5 (3-5 µM) inhibited concentration-dependent collagen-induced platelet aggregation in washed human platelets...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448188/effects-of-indomethacin-on-prostanoid-synthesis-and-vasomotor-responsiveness-in-endothelium-denuded-abdominal-and-thoracic-aortas-of-wistar-rats
#20
Ruth M López, Janette E López, Jorge S López, María C Castillo, Gustavo Guevara, José A Morales, Oscar A López, Jair Lozano, Enrique F Castillo
In endothelium-denuded abdominal (but not thoracic) aortas of rats, the nonselective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor, indomethacin, suppressed contractions evoked by α-adrenergic agonists hypothetically mediated by prostanoids. We aimed to identify these non-endothelial-derived contractile prostanoids released by α-adrenergic receptors activation. Endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas of Wistar rats were used for biochemical and functional analyses. Western blot analysis showed that COX-1 and COX-2 protein levels were respectively equivalent in endothelium-denuded abdominal and thoracic aortas...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
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