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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445993/berberine-nanoparticles-protects-tubular-epithelial-cells-from-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#1
Da Xie, Yong Xu, Wang Jing, Zeng Juxiang, Li Hailun, Hu Yu, Dong-Hui Zheng, Yong-Tao Lin
Renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure, the prognosis of which remains poor and there still lacks of effective therapeutics available in the clinic. This study aimed at investigating the effects of Berberine nanoparticles (BBR-NP) on the ischemia-reperfusion injury of renal tubular epithelial cells and underlying the mechanisms. Our results showed that in a rat model of renal I/R injury, BBR and BBR-NP protected renal against injury both functionally (as assessed by serum urea nitrogen and creatinine level) and morphologically (as assessed by HE staining, transmission electron microscopy and TUNEL staining) in a dose-dependent manner, with the effects of BBR-NP superior to BBR alone...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445987/context-dependent-mir-204-and-mir-211-affect-the-biological-properties-of-amelanotic-and-melanotic-melanoma-cells
#2
Marianna Vitiello, Andrea Tuccoli, Romina D'Aurizio, Samanta Sarti, Laura Giannecchini, Simone Lubrano, Andrea Marranci, Monica Evangelista, Silvia Peppicelli, Chiara Ippolito, Ivana Barravecchia, Elena Guzzolino, Valentina Montagnani, Michael Gowen, Elisa Mercoledi, Alberto Mercatanti, Laura Comelli, Salvatore Gurrieri, Lawrence W Wu, Omotayo Ope, Keith Flaherty, Genevieve M Boland, Marc R Hammond, Lawrence Kwong, Mario Chiariello, Barbara Stecca, Gao Zhang, Alessandra Salvetti, Debora Angeloni, Letizia Pitto, Lido Calorini, Giovanna Chiorino, Marco Pellegrini, Meenhard Herlyn, Iman Osman, Laura Poliseno
Despite increasing amounts of experimental evidence depicting the involvement of non-coding RNAs in cancer, the study of BRAFV600E-regulated genes has thus far focused mainly on protein-coding ones. Here, we identify and study the microRNAs that BRAFV600E regulates through the ERK pathway.By performing small RNA sequencing on A375 melanoma cells and a vemurafenib-resistant clone that was taken as negative control, we discover miR-204 and miR-211 as the miRNAs most induced by vemurafenib. We also demonstrate that, although belonging to the same family, these two miRNAs have distinctive features...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445979/the-impacts-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-genes-of-cell-cycle-and-nf-kb-pathways-on-the-efficacy-and-acute-toxicities-of-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#3
Chengxian Guo, Yuling Huang, Jingjing Yu, Lijuan Liu, Xiaochang Gong, Min Huang, Chunling Jiang, Yulu Liao, Lihua Huang, Guoping Yang, Jingao Li
Radiotherapy is one of the primary choices for the treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and may result in severe radiotoxicities on normal tissues. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes of cell cycle and NF-κB pathways have been linked with the prognoses of various cancers. The aim of this study was to explore whether SNPs of genes involved in cell cycle and NF-κB pathways are associated with responses to radiotherapy in NPC patients. We selected 3 SNPs in cell cycle pathway and 5 SNPs in NF-κB pathway and genotyped them in 154 NPC patients treated with radiotherapy...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445971/stat3-regulates-glycolysis-via-targeting-hexokinase-2-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#4
Man Li, Rui Jin, Weihua Wang, Tieying Zhang, Jiao Sang, Na Li, Qunying Han, Wenxuan Zhao, Chunyan Li, Zhengwen Liu
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and hexokinase 2 (HK2) are involved in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Deregulation of cellular energetics involving an increase in glycolysis is a characteristic of HCC. This study examined whether STAT3 regulates HCC glycolysis through the HK2 pathway in HCC cells. Human HCC cell lines HepG2 and Hep3B cells were transfected with pcDNA3.1(+)-EGFP-STAT3, STAT3 siRNA and HK2 siRNA, respectively, or treated with rapamycin, an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and the effects on STAT3 and HK2 expression and cell glycolysis were determined...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445944/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-overexpression-protects-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy-by-multiple-mechanisms-in-rats
#5
Hui Ma, Jing Kong, Yu-Lin Wang, Jun-Long Li, Nai-Hao Hei, Xin-Ran Cao, Jing-Jing Yang, Wen-Jiang Yan, Wen-Jing Liang, Hong-Yan Dai, Bo Dong
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is considered a potential therapeutic target of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to explore the effects of ACE2 overexpression on doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Rats were randomly divided into treatment and control groups. The rats of treatment group were injected intraperitoneally with 6 doses of doxorubicin (2.5 mg/kg) within a period of two weeks. Two weeks after the initial injection of doxorubicin, these rats were randomly divided into Mock, Ad-EGFP, Ad-ACE2, and Cilazapril groups...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445939/epigenetic-therapy-with-inhibitors-of-histone-methylation-suppresses-dna-damage-signaling-and-increases-glioma-cell-radiosensitivity
#6
Ozge Gursoy-Yuzugullu, Chelsea Carman, Rodolfo Bortolozo Serafim, Marios Myronakis, Valeria Valente, Brendan D Price
Radiation therapy is widely used to treat human malignancies, but many tumor types, including gliomas, exhibit significant radioresistance. Radiation therapy creates DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), and DSB repair is linked to rapid changes in epigenetic modifications, including increased histone methylation. This increased histone methylation recruits DNA repair proteins which can then alter the local chromatin structure and promote repair. Consequently, combining inhibitors of specific histone methyltransferases with radiation therapy may increase tumor radiosensitivity, particularly in tumors with significant therapeutic resistance...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445938/pirfenidone-normalizes-the-tumor-microenvironment-to-improve-chemotherapy
#7
Christiana Polydorou, Fotios Mpekris, Panagiotis Papageorgis, Chrysovalantis Voutouri, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
Normalization of the tumor microenvironment by selectively targeting components of the tumor extracellular matrix has been recently proposed to have the potential to decompress tumor blood vessels, increase vessel perfusion and thus, improve drug delivery and the efficacy of cancer therapy. Therefore, we now need to identify safe and well tolerated pharmaceutical agents that are able to remodel the microenvironment of solid tumors and enhance chemotherapy. In this study, we repurposed Pirfenidone, a clinically approved anti-fibrotic drug for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, to investigate its possible role on tumor microenvironment normalization...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445937/methylation-mediated-silencing-of-microrna-211-promotes-cell-growth-and-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-through-activation-of-the-akt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-gbm
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Weidong Li, Xiaobo Miao, Lingling Liu, Yue Zhang, Xuejun Jin, Xiaojun Luo, Hai Gao, Xubin Deng
Aberrant expression of miR-211 has frequently been reported in cancer studies; however, its role in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has not been examined in detail. We investigated the function and the underlying mechanism of miR-211 in GBM. We revealed that miR-211 was downregulated in GBM tissues and cell lines. Restoration of miR-211 inhibited GBM cell growth and invasion both in vitro and in vivo. The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype was reversed when miR-211 expression was restored. HMGA2 was identified as a down-stream target of miR-211...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445932/high-cftr-expression-in-philadelphia-chromosome-positive-acute-leukemia-protects-and-maintains-continuous-activation-of-bcr-abl-and-related-signaling-pathways-in-combination-with-pp2a
#9
Xi Yang, Tianyou Yan, Yuping Gong, Xuehua Liu, Huaqin Sun, Wenming Xu, Chunsen Wang, Duolan Naren, Yuhuan Zheng
Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is classified as an anion channel transporter of Cl- and HCO3-. Through interactions with its PDZ domain, CFTR is capable of regulating other proteins, such as protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A). The aberrant expression and mutation of CFTR have been observed in several tumor, but not in philadelphia chromosome-positive(Ph+) acute leukemia, including Ph+ B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia(Ph+ B-ALL) and chronic myelogenous leukemia blast crisis phases (CML-BC)...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445929/the-kinesin-motor-protein-kif7-is-required-for-t-cell-development-and-normal-mhc-expression-on-thymic-epithelial-cells-tec-in-the-thymus
#10
Ching-In Lau, Alessandro Barbarulo, Anisha Solanki, José Ignacio Saldaña, Tessa Crompton
Kif7 is a ciliary kinesin motor protein that regulates mammalian Hedgehog pathway activation through influencing structure of the primary cilium. Here we show that Kif7 is required for normal T-cell development, despite the fact that T-cells lack primary cilia. Analysis of Kif7-deficient thymus showed that Kif7-deficiency increases the early CD44+CD25+CD4-CD8- thymocyte progenitor population but reduces differentiation to CD4+CD8+ double positive (DP) cell. At the transition from DP to mature T-cell, Kif7-deficiency selectively delayed maturation to the CD8 lineage...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445821/the-ampk-mtor-pathway-is-involved-in-d-dopachrome-tautomerase-gene-transcription-in-adipocytes-differentiated-from-sgbs-cells-a-human-preadipocyte-cell-line
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Takeo Iwata, Kyoko Kuribayashi, Masahiko Nakasono, Noriko Saito-Tarashima, Noriaki Minakawa, Noriko Mizusawa, Rie Kido, Katsuhiko Yoshimoto
In adipose tissue, D-dopachrome tautomerase (DDT), a cytokine with structural similarity to macrophage migration inhibitory factor, is mainly expressed in adipocytes rather than preadipocytes and acts as an anti-obesity adipokine in an autocrine manner. However, its transcriptional regulation is largely unknown. In order to explore molecules affecting DDT transcription, a chemical library screening using HEK293 cells stably expressing a DDT promoter-reporter construct was performed. Several derivatives of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-d-ribofuranoside (AICAR), an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, were identified as transcriptional activators of the DDT gene...
April 23, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445800/adjunctive-celecoxib-for-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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Wei Zheng, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Norbert Müller, Yu-Ping Ning, Yu-Tao Xiang
Neuroinflammation has been implicated in the neurobiological pathways of schizophrenia. This meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive celecoxib as a noncompetitive anti-inflammation drug in treating schizophrenia. Data were searched, extracted, checked and entered into the RevMan (version 5.3) software by two independent investigators. Standardized/weighted mean differences (SMDs/WMDs), risk ratio (RR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated, as appropriate. Included were 8 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 626 patients with schizophrenia including 316 (50...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445792/vitamin-d-supplementation-restores-the-blunted-muscle-protein-synthesis-response-in-deficient-old-rats-through-an-impact-on-ectopic-fat-deposition
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Audrey Chanet, Jérôme Salles, Christelle Guillet, Christophe Giraudet, Alexandre Berry, Véronique Patrac, Carla Domingues-Faria, Camille Tagliaferri, Katia Bouton, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Miriam Van Dijk, Marion Jourdan, Yvette Luiking, Sjors Verlaan, Corinne Pouyet, Philippe Denis, Yves Boirie, Stéphane Walrand
We investigated the impact of vitamin D deficiency and repletion on muscle anabolism in old rats. Animals were fed a control (1 IU vitamin D3/g, ctrl, n=20) or a vitamin D-depleted diet (VDD; 0 IU, n=30) for 6 months. A subset was thereafter sacrificed in the control (ctrl6) and depleted groups (VDD6). Remaining control animals were kept for 3 additional months on the same diet (ctrl9), while a part of VDD rats continued on a depleted diet (VDD9) and another part was supplemented with vitamin D (5 IU, VDS9)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445778/the-impact-of-bilateral-vagotomy-on-the-physostigmine-induced-airway-constriction-in-ferrets
#14
Burim Neziri, Armond Daci, Shaip Krasniqi, Ramadan Sopi, Musa A Haxhiu
Vagal innervations have a great role in the respiratory function and are the main route of signal transmission from respiratory neural centers into the trachea and others conducting airways. We have investigated the role of central mechanisms related to vagal neural pathways and the cholinergic outflow in tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and lung mechanics parameters. Parameters of lung mechanics such as lung resistance (RL), dynamic compliance (Cdyn) and pressure in bypassed tracheal segment (Ptseg) were measured before and after vagotomy and asphyxia test...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445772/rosiglitazone-pretreatment-influences-thrombin-induced-phagocytosis-by-rat-microglia-via-activating-ppar%C3%AE-and-cd36
#15
Qiong Mu, Likun Wang, Hang Hang, Chunfeng Liu, Guofeng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the protective role of rosiglitazone against secondary brain injury after cerebral hemorrhage, we investigated the effect of rosiglitazone pretreatment on thrombin-induced microglial phagocytosis and described the molecular mechanisms involved in this process. METHODS: Primary microglial cells were obtained from the brain tissue of newborn Sprague-Dawley rats and were randomly divided into four groups: the normal, thrombin stimulation, thrombin-treated plus rosiglitazone, and thrombin-rosiglitazone plus proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) antagonist groups...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445751/curcumin-dictates-divergent-fates-for-the-central-salt-bridges-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-40-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-42
#16
Bappaditya Chandra, Venus Singh Mithu, Debanjan Bhowmik, Anand Kant Das, Bankanidhi Sahoo, Sudipta Maiti, Perunthiruthy K Madhu
There are three specific regions in the Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide sequence where variations cause enhanced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease: the N-terminus, the central salt bridge, and the C-terminus. Here, we investigate if there is a close conformational connection between these three regions, which may suggest a concerted mechanism of toxicity. We measure the effects of Zn(2+) and curcumin on Aβ40, and compare these with their previously reported effects on Aβ42. Aβ42 and Aβ40 differ only near the C-terminus, where curcumin interacts, while Zn(2+) interacts near the N-terminus...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445748/directional-force-originating-from-atp-hydrolysis-drives-the-groel-conformational-change
#17
Jie Liu, Kannan Sankar, Yuan Wang, Kejue Jia, Robert L Jernigan
Protein functional mechanisms usually require conformational changes, and often there are known structures for the different conformational states. However, usually neither the origin of the driving force nor the underlying pathways for these conformational transitions is known. Exothermic chemical reactions may be an important source of forces that drive conformational changes. Here we investigate this type of force originating from ATP hydrolysis in the chaperonin GroEL, by applying forces originating from the chemical reaction...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445745/increased-tissue-stiffness-in-tumors-from-mice-with-neurofibromatosis-1-optic-glioma
#18
Christopher Walter, Lindsey Crawford, Melinda Lai, Joseph A Toonen, Yuan Pan, Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, David H Gutmann, Amit Pathak
Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) cancer predisposition syndrome are prone to the development of low-grade brain tumors (gliomas) within the optic pathway (optic gliomas). One of the key obstacles to developing successful therapeutic strategies for these tumors is the striking lack of information about the mechanical properties that characterize these tumors relative to non-neoplastic optic nerve tissue. To study the physical changes that may occur when an optic nerve glioma is present, we employed atomic force microscopy to measure the stiffness of healthy versus tumor-bearing optic nerve tissue...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445736/systematic-epigenomic-analysis-reveals-chromatin-states-associated-with-melanoma-progression
#19
Petko Fiziev, Kadir C Akdemir, John P Miller, Emily Z Keung, Neha S Samant, Sneha Sharma, Christopher A Natale, Christopher J Terranova, Mayinuer Maitituoheti, Samirkumar B Amin, Emmanuel Martinez-Ledesma, Mayura Dhamdhere, Jacob B Axelrad, Amiksha Shah, Christine S Cheng, Harshad Mahadeshwar, Sahil Seth, Michelle C Barton, Alexei Protopopov, Kenneth Y Tsai, Michael A Davies, Benjamin A Garcia, Ido Amit, Lynda Chin, Jason Ernst, Kunal Rai
The extent and nature of epigenomic changes associated with melanoma progression is poorly understood. Through systematic epigenomic profiling of 35 epigenetic modifications and transcriptomic analysis, we define chromatin state changes associated with melanomagenesis by using a cell phenotypic model of non-tumorigenic and tumorigenic states. Computation of specific chromatin state transitions showed loss of histone acetylations and H3K4me2/3 on regulatory regions proximal to specific cancer-regulatory genes in important melanoma-driving cell signaling pathways...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445691/tis11-mediated-mrna-decay-promotes-the-reacquisition-of-drosophila-intestinal-stem-cell-quiescence
#20
Lindy McClelland, Heinrich Jasper, Benoît Biteau
Adult stem cell proliferation rates are precisely regulated to maintain long-term tissue homeostasis. Defects in the mechanisms controlling stem cell proliferation result in impaired regeneration and hyperproliferative diseases. Many stem cell populations increase proliferation in response to tissue damage and reacquire basal proliferation rates after tissue repair is completed. Although proliferative signals have been extensively studied, much less is known about the molecular mechanisms that restore stem cell quiescence...
April 23, 2017: Developmental Biology
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