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Erika M Palmieri, Alessio Menga, Aurore Lebrun, Douglas C Hooper, D Allan Butterfield, Massimiliano Mazzone, Alessandra Castegna
AIMS: Microglial cells are brain resident macrophages engaged in surveillance and maintained in a constant state of relative inactivity. However, their involvement in autoimmune diseases indicates that in pathological conditions microglia gain an inflammatory phenotype. The mechanisms underlying this change in the microglial phenotype are still unclear. Since metabolism is an important modulator of immune cell function, we focused our attention on glutamine synthetase (GS), a modulator of the response to LPS-activation in other cell types, which is expressed by microglia...
October 19, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Sarah Picaud, Katharina Leonards, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Oliver Dovey, Christopher Wells, Oleg Fedorov, Octovia Monteiro, Takao Fujisawa, Chen-Yi Wang, Hannah Lingard, Cynthia Tallant, Nikzad Nikbin, Lucie Guetzoyan, Richard Ingham, Steven V Ley, Paul Brennan, Susanne Muller, Anastasia Samsonova, Anne-Claude Gingras, Juerg Schwaller, George Vassiliou, Stefan Knapp, Panagis Filippakopoulos
Bromodomains (BRDs) have emerged as compelling targets for cancer therapy. The development of selective and potent BET (bromo and extra-terminal) inhibitors and their significant activity in diverse tumor models have rapidly translated into clinical studies and have motivated drug development efforts targeting non-BET BRDs. However, the complex multidomain/subunit architecture of BRD protein complexes complicates predictions of the consequences of their pharmacological targeting. To address this issue, we developed a promiscuous BRD inhibitor [bromosporine (BSP)] that broadly targets BRDs (including BETs) with nanomolar affinity, creating a tool for the identification of cellular processes and diseases where BRDs have a regulatory function...
October 2016: Science Advances
Takeshi Funakoshi, Toshihiko Aki, Masateru Tajiri, Kana Unuma, Koichi Uemura
Aberrant cellular accumulation of cholesterol is associated with neuronal lysosomal storage disorders such as Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NPC). We have shown previously that l-norephedrine (l-Nor), a sympathomimetic amine, induces necrotic cell death associated with massive cytoplasmic vacuolation in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. To reveal the molecular mechanism underling necrotic neuronal cell death caused by l-Nor, we examined alterations in the gene expression profile of cells during l-Nor exposure...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Eunchong Park, Ju Han Song, Myun Soo Kim, Su-Ho Park, Tae Sung Kim
CD4(+) T cell activation and adequate differentiation into effector T helper (Th) cells are crucial for mediating adaptive immune responses to cope with foreign pathogens. Despite the significant role of Th cells, excessive increases in their numbers result in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of costunolide, a plant-derived natural compound with an anti-inflammatory activity, in regulating Th cells and the underlying mechanisms. Costunolide significantly decreased cell populations of differentiated Th1, Th2, and Th17 subsets under Th subset-polarizing conditions, while exerting statistically negligible effects on Treg cell differentiation...
October 15, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jasna Jančić, Vesna Đurić, Nikola Ivančević, Blažo Nikolić, John N van den Anker, Janko Samardžić
The serine/threonine kinase mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an important sensor of the cellular energy condition which, at the same time, represents a kind of master switch between anabolic and catabolic cellular processes. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disease which is considered to be a prototype of a dysregulated mTOR signaling pathway. The dysregulated mTOR pathway in TSC leads to characteristic structural and physiologic abnormalities in multiple organs. In this review we focus on the pharmacological properties of mTOR inhibitors and clinical investigations of mTOR inhibitors for two important neurological TSC manifestations: subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGAs) and epilepsy...
October 12, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Ahmed T Kurdi, Ribal Bassil, Marta Olah, Chuan Wu, Sheng Xiao, Mariko Taga, Michael Frangieh, Thomas Buttrick, William Orent, Elizabeth M Bradshaw, Samia J Khoury, Wassim Elyaman
RORγt is a master transcription factor of Th17 cells and considered as a promising drug target for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Here, we show the guanine nucleotide exchange factor, Tiam1, and its cognate Rho-family G protein, Rac1, regulate interleukin (IL)17A transcription and autoimmunity. Whereas Tiam1 genetic deficiency weakens IL-17A expression partially and inhibits the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), deletion of Rac1 in T cells exhibits more robust effects on Th17 cells and EAE...
October 11, 2016: Nature Communications
Sarangarajan Ranganathan
The study of Histiocytic lesions has been a passion of Pepper Dehner over the years. He has contributed several case series and reviews on various categories of these diseases for over 4 decades, with his earliest articles in the 1970s. He has written on all aspects of the disease including seminal articles on Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and their prognostic features, his experiences with regressing atypical histiocytosis, his encounters with malignant histiocytosis, and classic articles on juvenile xanthogranuloma...
September 1, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Doug N Halligan, Stephen J E Murphy, Cormac T Taylor
Crosstalk between metabolic and immune pathways has recently become appreciated to be key to the regulation of host defence. The hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) is a transcription factor which was initially described as a ubiquitous master regulator of the transcriptional response to hypoxia. In this role, HIF regulates genes promoting adaptation to hypoxia including a number which influence the cellular metabolic strategy of a cell. It has more recently been appreciated that the regulation of HIF is not restricted to oxygen-dependent pathways, and is now known to be mediated by a number of additional metabolic and immune cues including metabolites and cytokines respectively...
October 4, 2016: Seminars in Immunology
Adrián Sandoval-Hernández, María José Contreras, Jenny Jaramillo, Gonzalo Arboleda
During development and through adulthood, differentiation of diverse cell types is controlled by specific genetic and molecular programs for which transcription factors are master regulators of gene expression. Here, we present an overview of the role of nuclear receptors and their selective pharmacological modulators in oligodendrocytes linage, their role in myelination and remyelination and their potential use as a therapeutic strategy for demyelinating diseases. We discuss several aspects of nuclear receptors including: (1) the biochemistry of nuclear receptors superfamily; (2) their role on stem cells physiology, focusing in differentiation and cell removal; (3) the role of nuclear receptor in the oligodendrocytes cell linage, from oligodendrocyte progenitors cells to mature myelinating cells; and (4) the therapeutics opportunities of nuclear receptors for specific demyelinating diseases...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jianqi Yang, Lance T Platt, Biswanath Maity, Katelin E Ahlers, Zili Luo, Zhibo Lin, Bandana Chakravarti, Stella-Rita Ibeawuchi, Ryan W Askeland, Jolanta Bondaruk, Bogdan A Czerniak, Rory A Fisher
Urinary bladder cancer (UBC) is largely caused by exposure to toxic chemicals including those in cigarette smoke (i.e. BBN). An activating SNP in RGS6 is associated with a pronounced reduction in UBC risk, especially among smokers. However, the mechanism underlying this reduction remains unknown. Here we demonstrate that RGS6 is robustly expressed in human urothelium, where urothelial cell carcinoma originates, and is downregulated in human UBC. Utilizing RGS6-/- mice we interrogated a possible role for RGS6 as a tumor suppressor using the BBN-induced bladder carcinogenesis model that closely recapitulates human disease...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Lonnele J Ball, Oxana Palesh, Lance J Kriegsfeld
Most physiological processes in the brain and body exhibit daily (circadian) rhythms coordinated by an endogenous master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus that are essential for normal health and functioning. Exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night optimally entrains biological rhythms to promote homeostasis and human health. Unfortunately, a major consequence of the modern lifestyle is increased exposure to sun-free environments during the day and artificial lighting at night...
October 2016: Endocrine Reviews
Alexandra Vergnes, Julie P M Viala, Rabah Ouadah-Tsabet, Bérengère Pocachard, Laurent Loiseau, Stéphane Méresse, Frédéric Barras, Laurent Aussel
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S)-containing proteins contribute to various biological processes, including redox reactions or regulation of gene expression. Living organisms have evolved by developing distinct biosynthetic pathways to assemble these clusters, including ISC (Iron Sulfur Cluster) and SUF (Sulfur mobilization). Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is an intracellular pathogen responsible for a wide range of infections, from gastroenteritis to severe systemic diseases. Salmonella possesses all known prokaryotic systems to assemble Fe-S clusters, including ISC and SUF...
October 5, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
I S Haslam, L Jadkauskaite, Imre Lőrinc Szabó, S Staege, J Hesebeck-Brinckmann, G Jenkins, R Bhogal, F L Lim, N Farjo, B Farjo, T Bíró, M Schäfer, R Paus
The in situ control of redox insult in human organs is of major clinical relevance, yet remains incompletely understood. Activation of Nrf2, the "master regulator" of genes controlling cellular redox homeostasis, is advocated as a therapeutic strategy for diseases with severely impaired redox balance. It remains to be shown whether this strategy is effective in human organs, rather than isolated human cell types. We have therefore explored the role of Nrf2 in a uniquely accessible human (mini-) organ, human scalp hair follicles (HFs)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Kalliopi Klavdianou, Stamatis-Nick Liossis, Lazaros Sakkas, Dimitrios Daoussis
BACKGROUND: Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1) is a soluble inhibitor of the canonical Wnt pathway, which plays critical roles in embryonic development. Evidence suggests that this molecule regulates several aspects of both bone biology and fibrosis. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of our current knowledge of the role of Dkk-1 in joint remodeling and fibrosis. METHODS: We performed an electronic search (Medline) using the following key words: Dickkopf-1 (or Dkk-1), new bone formation, joint remodeling, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic sclerosis (or scleroderma), and fibrosis, supplemented by a manual search of references from retrieved articles...
August 23, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Briana Foley, Daniel Doheny, Michael Black, Salil N Pendse, Barbara Wetmore, Rebecca Clewell, Melvin E Andersen, Chad Deisenroth
The developmental origins of obesity hypothesis posits a multifaceted contribution of factors to the fetal origins of obesity and metabolic disease. Adipocyte hyperplasia in gestation and early childhood may result in predisposition for obesity later in life. Rodent in vitro and in vivo studies indicate that some chemicals may directly affect adipose progenitor cell differentiation, but the human relevance of these findings is unclear. The nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG) is the master regulator of adipogenesis...
September 23, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Alyssa M Master, Philise N Williams, Nikorn Pothayee, Nipon Pothayee, Rui Zhang, Hemant M Vishwasrao, Yuri I Golovin, Judy S Riffle, Marina Sokolsky, Alexander V Kabanov
Motion of micron and sub-micron size magnetic particles in alternating magnetic fields can activate mechanosensitive cellular functions or physically destruct cancer cells. However, such effects are usually observed with relatively large magnetic particles (>250 nm) that would be difficult if at all possible to deliver to remote sites in the body to treat disease. Here we show a completely new mechanism of selective toxicity of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (SMNP) of 7 to 8 nm in diameter to cancer cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
David A Hess, Katherine M Strelau, Anju Karki, Mei Jiang, Ana C Azevedo-Pouly, Ann-Hwee Lee, Tye G Deering, Chinh Q Hoang, Raymond J MacDonald, Stephen F Konieczny
Transcriptional networks that govern secretory cell specialization, including instructing cells to develop a unique cytoarchitecture, amass extensive protein synthesis machinery, and be embodied to respond to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, remain largely uncharacterized. In this study, we discovered that the secretory cell transcription factor MIST1 (Bhlha15), previously shown to be essential for cytoskeletal organization and secretory activity, also functions as a potent ER stress-inducible transcriptional regulator...
September 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Chirantana Sengupta, Oindrilla Mukherjee, Rukhsana Chowdhury
Vibrio cholerae, etiological agent of the disease cholera, is known to form biofilms for persistence in the environment. It is demonstrated here that even during infection, biofilm genes are upregulated and microscopic observation indicated that biofilm formation is initiated almost immediately after adherence of V. cholerae to intestinal cells. About 7 fold upregulation of the biofilm regulatory gene vpsT was observed within 30 minutes of adherence of V. cholerae to the intestinal cell line INT 407 and a massive induction of about 700 fold was observed in rabbit ileal loops...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Saeed Aslani, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Masoud Garshasbi, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Jafar Karami, Mohammad Hossein Nicknam
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune disease with a chronic inflammatory arthritis. The critical role of methylation in the biology of immunocytes has increasingly been surveyed to discover disease etiology. DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) is an enzyme, which establishes and regulates patterns of methylated cytosine residues. The aim of the current investigation was to unveil if methylation circumstances of CpG sites in DNMT1 promoter could affect the mRNA expression level of this gene in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from AS patients...
November 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Marie-Françoise Heymann, Hannah Brown, Dominique Heymann
INTRODUCTION: Osteosarcomas are the main malignant primary bone tumours found in children and young adults. Conventional treatment is based on diagnosis and resection surgery, combined with polychemotherapy. This is a protocol that was established in the 1970s. Unfortunately, this therapeutic approach has reached a plateau of efficacy and the patient survival rate has not improved in the last four decades. New therapeutic approaches are thus required to improve the prognosis for osteosarcoma patients...
September 15, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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