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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332347/genetically-engineered-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-co-expressing-ifn-%C3%AE-and-il-10-inhibit-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-modulating-mapk-pathway
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Hao Wang, Jun Wang, Xiaolei Shi, Yitao Ding
PURPOSE: One of the major challenges in delivering cytokines for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the mode of delivery. This study hypothesized that genetically engineered bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) co-expressing IFN-γ and IL-10 can serve as a potential therapeutic strategy in the treatment of HCC by inhibiting cell proliferation. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=5, 200-250 g) for BMSCs isolation and Nude/SCID mice (n=35,12-20g) to develop liver cancer xenograft model were used...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331340/hsp72-protects-from-liver-injury-via-attenuation-of-hepatocellular-death-oxidative-stress-and-jnk-signaling
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Kateryna Levada, Nurdan Guldiken, Xiaoji Zhang, Giovanna Vella, Fa-Rong Mo, Laura P James, Johannes Haybaeck, Sonja M Kessler, Alexandra K Kiemer, Thomas Ott, Daniel Hartmann, Norbert Hüser, Marianne Ziol, Christian Trautwein, Pavel Strnad
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Heat shock protein (Hsp) 72 is a molecular chaperone that is upregulated in response to stress and possesses broad cytoprotective functions. To determine its hepatic function, we studied its expression in human liver disorders and its biological significance in newly generated transgenic animals. AIM AND METHODS: Double transgenic mice overexpressing Hsp72 (gene HSPA1A) under the control of a tissue-specific tetracycline-inducible system (Hsp72-LAP mice) were produced...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330470/%C3%AE-ecdysterone-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-%C3%AE-amyloid-induced-apoptosis-via-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-and-akt-associated-complementary-pathways
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Tianjiao Xu, Chengu Niu, Xiaojie Zhang, Miaoxian Dong
Recently, the significantly higher incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in women than in men has been attributed to the loss of neuroprotective estrogen after menopause. Does phytoestrogen have the ability to protect against amyloid-β (Aβ) toxicity? The aim of this study was to evaluate hypothesis that β-ecdysterone (β-Ecd) protects SH-SY5Y cells from Aβ-induced apoptosis by separate signaling pathways involving protein kinase B (Akt) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Here, we demonstrate that phytoestrogen β-Ecd inhibits Aβ-triggered mitochondrial apoptotic pathway, as indicated by Bcl-2/Bax ratio elevation, cytochrome c (cyt c) release reduction, and caspase-9 inactivation...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330061/forsythoside-a-inhibited-s-aureus-stimulated-inflammatory-response-in-primary-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
#4
Jiali Zhang, Yue Zhang, Hailong Huang, Haiwei Zhang, Wei Lu, Guoqun Fu, Yunzhang Zhu
Forsythoside A (FTA), the major bioactive component extracted from Forsythiae fructus, has multiple biological properties especially anti-inflammatory property. Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a Gram-positive organism, is one of most common pathogens that cause bovine mastitis. This study evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of FTA in S. aureus-stimulated primary bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC). Primary bovine mammary epithelial cells were isolated from the mammary tissue of lactating cows and identified as bMEC...
January 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330021/ccn4-wisp1-controls-cutaneous-wound-healing-by-modulating-proliferation-migration-and-ecm-expression-in-dermal-fibroblasts-via-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-and-tnf%C3%AE
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Mitsuaki Ono, Asuka Masaki, Azusa Maeda, Tina M Kilts, Emilio S Hara, Taishi Komori, Hai Pham, Takuo Kuboki, Marian F Young
Understanding the mechanisms that control cutaneous wound healing is crucial to successfully manage repair of damaged skin. The goal of the current study was to uncover novel extracellular matrix (ECM) components that control the wound healing process. Full thickness skin defects were created in mice and used to show CCN4 up-regulation during wound-healing as early as 1 day after surgery, suggesting a role in inflammation and subsequent dermal migration and proliferation. To determine how CCN4 could regulate wound healing we used Ccn4-KO mice and showed they had delayed wound closure accompanied by reduced expression of Col1a1 and Fn mRNA...
January 9, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329586/il-33-st2-signaling-contributes-to-radicular-pain-by-modulating-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-inflammatory-mediator-expression-in-the-spinal-cord-in-rat-models-of-noncompressive-lumber-disk-herniation
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Si-Jian Huang, Jian-Qin Yan, Hui Luo, Lu-Yao Zhou, Jian-Gang Luo
BACKGROUND: Immune and inflammatory responses occurring in the spinal cord play a pivotal role in the progression of radicular pain caused by intervertebral disk herniation. Interleukin-33 (IL-33) orchestrates inflammatory responses in a wide range of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders of the nervous system. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate the expression of IL-33 and its receptor ST2 in the dorsal spinal cord and to elucidate whether the inhibition of spinal IL-33 expression significantly attenuates pain-related behaviors in rat models of noncompressive lumbar disc herniation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329279/diosgenin-protects-rats-from-myocardial-inflammatory-injury-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion
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Hong-Wei Wang, Hua-Jin Liu, Hua Cao, Zeng-Yong Qiao, Ya-Wei Xu
BACKGROUND Diosgenin, a phytosteroid sapogenin, has anti-inflammatory properties shown to reduce myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). However, the specific mechanism by which this is achieved is not clear. This study investigated the protective effects of diosgenin on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and the potential anti-inflammatory mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS Healthy adult male SD rats, body weight (b.w.) 250-280 g, were used to model ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and were administered diosgenin (50 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg b...
January 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328482/cytisine-induces-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-caused-by-calcium-overload-in-hepg2-cells
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Lei Yu, Bo Jiang, Zhifeng Chen, Xin Wang, Dongxue Shang, Xiaopo Zhang, Yongxue Sun, Jinghui Yang, Yubin Ji
Cytisine, a quinolizidine alkaloid, is one of the major bioactive components found in the small tree Sophora Alopecuraides L., and is a traditional Chinese medicine that is used for treating hepatitis and liver cancer. In the 1960s, quinolizidine alkaloids were reported to exhibit inhibitory effects on tumour cell proliferation in several types of cancer cells. However, few studies have investigated the effect of cytisine on liver cancer. Our team confirmed that cytisine induced apoptosis in HepG2 cells via a mitochondrial pathway...
January 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328481/ttf1%C3%A2-np-induces-protective-autophagy-during-apoptosis-by-inhibiting-the-akt-mtor-pathway-and-activating-jnk-in-human-liver-cancer-cells
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Xuan Zhang, Meilan Zhang, Bin Xiao, Wenjun Jiao, Silin Zhang, Xuewu Zhang
TTF1‑NP is a flavonoid nanoparticle based on 5,2',4'‑trihydroxy‑6,7,5'‑trimethoxyflavone (TTF1), which is derived from the medicinal plant Sorbaria sorbifolia that grows in the Changbai Mountain. We previously demonstrated antitumor effects of TTF1‑NP in human hepatoma including induction of apoptosis and inhibition of angiogenesis, migration and invasion. Herein, we examined the effects of TTF1‑NP on autophagy and its relationship with apoptosis, and explored potential underlying mechanisms in human hepatoma cell lines...
January 5, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328480/acylated-and-unacylated-ghrelin-inhibit-apoptosis-in-myoblasts-cocultured-with-colon-carcinoma-cells
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Xianliang Zeng, Sizeng Chen, Yanfeng Lin, Zhao Ke
Cancer cachexia is a life‑threatening syndrome associated with myofiber damage. Tumor factors impair muscle regeneration by promoting myoblast apoptosis. Ghrelin is a multifunctional hormone with an anti‑apoptotic effect, but its mechanism of action is not fully understood. In the present study, we investigated whether the coculturing of C2C12 myoblasts with CT26 colon carcinoma cells may induce myoblast apoptosis, and whether acylated ghrelin (AG) and unacylated ghrelin (UnAG) may exert anti‑apoptotic effects...
January 12, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328440/methanol-extract-of-guettarda-speciosa-linn-inhibits-the-production-of-inflammatory-mediators-through-the-inactivation-of-syk-and-jnk-in-macrophages
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Hien Thi Thu Le, Young-Chang Cho, Sayeon Cho
Guettarda speciosa Linn. (G. speciosa, Rubiaceae) has been used as a traditional medicinal plant in Asia for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions, including cough, fever and maternal postpartum infection. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti‑inflammatory action of G. speciosa extracts have remained elusive. In the present study, the anti‑inflammatory effects of the methanol extract of G. speciosa (MGS) were investigated in murine macrophages by measuring the production of inflammatory mediators and the underlying mechanisms of action by performing immunoblotting analysis of proteins that are potentially involved...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328382/propofol-postconditioning-protects-h9c2-cells-from-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-by-inducing-autophagy-via-the-sapk-jnk-pathway
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Hao Li, Xuan Zhang, Jian Tan, Li Sun, Long-He Xu, Yu-Ge Jiang, Jing-Sheng Lou, Xue-Yin Shi, Wei-Dong Mi
Propofol postconditioning (P‑PostC) offers cardioprotection in mice, and the upregulation of autophagy protects cardiac cells against ischemia/reperfusion injury. The present study aimed to examine the effects of P‑PostC on the induction of autophagy and its potential roles in hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury. Rat heart‑derived H9c2 cells were exposed to H/R, comprising 6 h of hypoxia followed by 4 h of reoxygenation, as well as postconditioning with various concentrations of propofol at the onset of reperfusion...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326072/novel-1-4-naphthoquinone-derivatives-induce-apoptosis-via-ros-mediated-p38-mapk-akt-and-stat3-signaling-in-human-hepatoma-hep3b-cells
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Chang Liu, Gui-Nan Shen, Ying-Hua Luo, Xian-Ji Piao, Xue-Yuan Jiang, Ling-Qi Meng, Yue Wang, Yi Zhang, Jia-Ru Wang, Hao Wang, Wan-Ting Xu, Jin-Qian Li, Yang Liu, Yi-Qin Wu, Hu-Nan Sun, Ying-Hao Han, Mei-Hua Jin, Yu-Dong Cui, Nan-Zhu Fang, Cheng-Hao Jin
1,4-Naphthoquinone and its derivatives have shown some efficacy as therapeutic compounds for cancer and inflammation, though their clinical application is limited by their side-effects. To reduce the toxicity of these compounds and optimize their effects, we synthesized two 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives-2-butylsulfinyl- 1,4-naphthoquinone (BSNQ) and 2-octylsulfinyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (OSNQ)-and investigated their effects and underlying mechanisms in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. BSNQ and OSNQ decreased cell viability and significantly induced apoptosis, accompanied by the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323736/mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling-pathways-regulate-the-expression-of-mirna-let-7f-in-human-endocervical-epithelial-cells
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Kanchana K Ayyar, Kvr Reddy
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) mediate post-transcriptional gene suppression and are a critical component of the complex regulatory networks in epithelial immune responses. Transcription of miRNA genes in epithelial cells can be elaborately controlled through Toll-like receptors (TLRs), and associated nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, leading to nuclear transcription factor associated-transactivation and transrepression of miRNAs. MiRNA, let-7f is involved in the regulation of innate immune responses post TLR3 stimulation in human endocervical cells (End1/E6E7) and decreased let-7f is associated with poor immune activation...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323338/ulinastatin-attenuates-lps-induced-inflammation-in-mouse-macrophage-raw264-7-cells-by-inhibiting-the-jnk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-and-activating-the-pi3k-akt-nrf2-pathway
#15
Si-Tong Li, Qi Dai, Shu-Xian Zhang, Ya-Jun Liu, Qiu-Qiong Yu, Fei Tan, Shu-Hong Lu, Quan Wang, Jian-Wen Chen, He-Qing Huang, Pei-Qing Liu, Min Li
Ulinastatin (UTI) is a broad-spectrum serine protease inhibitor isolated and purified from human urine with strong anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective actions, which is widely used for the treatment of various diseases, such as pancreatitis and sepsis. Although the therapeutic effects of UTI are reported to be associated with a variety of mechanisms, the signaling pathways mediating the anti-inflammatory action of UTI remain to be elucidated. In the present study we carried out a systematic study on the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative mechanisms of UTI and their relationships in LPS-treated RAW264...
January 11, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323257/dengue-virus-induced-er-stress-is-required-for-autophagy-activation-viral-replication-and-pathogenesis-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Ying-Ray Lee, Szu-Han Kuo, Ching-Yen Lin, Po-Jung Fu, Yee-Shin Lin, Trai-Ming Yeh, Hsiao-Sheng Liu
Dengue virus (DENV) utilizes the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) for replication and assembling. Accumulation of unfolded proteins in the ER lumen leads to ER stress and unfolded protein response (UPR). Three branches of UPRs temporally modulated DENV infection. Moreover, ER stress can also induce autophagy. DENV infection induces autophagy which plays a promotive role in viral replication has been reported. However, the role of ER stress in DENV-induced autophagy, viral titer, and pathogenesis remain unclear. Here, we reveal that ER stress and its downstream UPRs are indispensable for DENV-induced autophagy in various human cells...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323102/propionibacterium-acnes-induces-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-by-promoting-nucleus-pulposus-cell-apoptosis-via-the-tlr2-jnk-mitochondrial-mediated-pathway
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Yazhou Lin, Yucheng Jiao, Ye Yuan, Zezhu Zhou, Yuehuan Zheng, Jiaqi Xiao, Changwei Li, Zhe Chen, Peng Cao
Evidence suggests that intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) can be induced by Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), although the underlying mechanisms are unclear. In this study, we analyzed the pathological changes in degenerated human intervertebral discs (IVDs) infected with P. acnes. Compared with P. acnes-negative samples, P. acnes-positive IVDs showed increased apoptosis of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) concomitant with severe IVDD. Then, a P. acnes-inoculated IVD animal model was established, and severe IVDD was induced by P...
January 10, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323050/long-non-coding-rna-nonmmug014387-promotes-schwann-cell-proliferation-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
#18
Bin Pan, Zhong-Ju Shi, Jia-Yin Yan, Jia-He Li, Shi-Qing Feng
Schwann cells play a critical role in peripheral nerve regeneration through dedifferentiation and proliferation. In a previous study, we performed microarray analysis of the sciatic nerve after injury. Accordingly, we predicted that long non-coding RNA NONMMUG014387 may promote Schwann cell proliferation after peripheral nerve injury, as bioinformatic analysis revealed that the target gene of NONMMUG014387 was collagen triple helix repeat containing 1 (Cthrc1). Cthrc1 may promote cell proliferation in a variety of cells by activating Wnt/PCP signaling...
December 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322133/anti-fibrotic-activity-of-polyphenol-enriched-sugarcane-extract-in-rats-via-inhibition-of-p38-and-jnk-phosphorylation
#19
Liwen Wang, Min-Hsiung Pan, Chih-Yu Lo, Hui Zhao, Shiming Li, Chi-Tang Ho, Guliang Yang
Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.), which is one of the most important sources of sugar, is also rich in polyphenolic compounds. In this study, polyphenols from sugarcane were extracted, and the dominant component was characterized quantitatively via HPLC to be (-)-epicatechin. Fibrosis occurs in many organs and is associated with severe tissue damage. Liver fibrosis is the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins and advanced liver fibrosis, resulting in cirrhosis, liver failure and portal hypertension...
January 11, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321004/rcc2-over-expression-in-tumor-cells-alters-apoptosis-and-drug-sensitivity-by-regulating-rac1-activation
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Nan Wu, Dong Ren, Su Li, Wenli Ma, Shaoyan Hu, Yan Jin, Sheng Xiao
BACKGROUND: Small GTP binding protein Rac1 is a component of NADPH oxidases and is essential for superoxide-induced cell death. Rac1 is activated by guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs), and this activation can be blocked by regulator of chromosome condensation 2 (RCC2), which binds the switch regions of Rac1 to prevent access from GEFs. METHODS: Three cancer cell lines with up- or down-regulation of RCC2 were used to evaluate cell proliferation, apoptosis, Rac1 signaling and sensitivity to a group of nine chemotherapeutic drugs...
January 10, 2018: BMC Cancer
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