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Olena Odnokoz, Kyle Nakatsuka, Vladimir I Klichko, Jacqueline Nguyen, Liz Calderon Solis, Kaitlin Ostling, Marziyeh Badinloo, William C Orr, Svetlana N Radyuk
Previously, we have shown that flies under-expressing the two mitochondrial peroxiredoxins (Prxs), dPrx3 and dPrx5, display increases in tissue-specific apoptosis and dramatically shortened life span, associated with a redox crisis, manifested as changes in GSH:GSSG and accumulation of protein mixed disulfides. To identify specific pathways responsible for the observed biological effects, we performed a transcriptome analysis. Functional clustering revealed a prominent group enriched for immunity-related genes, including a considerable number of NF-kB-dependent antimicrobial peptides (AMP) that are up-regulated in the Prx double mutant...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Dan Li, Jie Hong, Weibiao Cao
We have shown that NOX5-S may mediate the acid-induced decrease in cell apoptosis. However, mechanisms of NOX5-S-dependent decrease in cell apoptosis are not fully understood. In this study we found that silencer of death domain (SODD) was significantly increased in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) tissues, EA cell lines FLO and OE33, and a dysplastic cell line CP-B. Strong SODD immunostaining was significantly higher in low-grade dysplasia (66.7%), high-grade dysplasia (81.2%) and EA (71.2%) than in Barrett's mucosa (10...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
X Liu, X Zhang, K Ma, R Zhang, P Hou, B Sun, S Yuan, Z Wang, Z Liu
Matrine is a quinolizidine alkaloid derived from the herb Radix Sophorae Flavescentis, and possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral properties. However, its effectiveness against subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is not well known. In this study, we investigated the effects of matrine on early brain injury (EBI) and the related potential mechanisms following SAH in rats. Our results showed that matrine pretreatment partially alleviated SAH-induced EBI, including neurological deficit, severity of SAH grade, brain edema, and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in rats...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Che Wei Liao, Chi Sheng Hung, Chia Hung Chou, Yen Tin Lin, Xue Ming Wu, Yi Yao Chang, Ying Hsien Chen, Vin Cent Wu, Yi Lwun Ho, Kwan Dun Wu, Yen Hung Lin
OBJECTIVE: Aldosterone induces myocardial fibrosis. The tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) is a key factor of myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction, but the effect of aldosterone on TIMP-1 expression remains unclear. We tested the hypothesis that aldosterone induces TIMP-1 expression and contributes to the fibrotic process. DESIGN AND METHOD: In the human study, we prospectively enrolled 54 patients with primary aldosteronism. Plasma TIMP-1 and echocardiographic parameters were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Vasilina A Sergeeva, Svetlana V Kostyuk, Elizaveta S Ershova, Elena M Malinovskaya, Tatiana D Smirnova, Larisa V Kameneva, Natalia N Veiko
It has been established that cell-free DNA circulating in the bloodstream affects cells. The characteristics of cfDNA depend on the physiological state of the organism. As we showed previously, diseases can cause either GC-enrichment of the cell-free DNA pool or its oxidation. Thus, in cases of cerebral atherosclerosis, heart attack and rheumatic arthritis the cell-free DNA pool is GC-enriched and, in the case of cancer, both GC-enriched and oxidized. Herein we investigated the time-dependent effect of oxidized and GC-rich cell-free DNA on NF-kB and NRF2 signaling pathways in human mesenchymal stem cells and showed that they affect cells in different ways...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yu Chen, Xiaoling Deng, Junfang Deng, Jiehua Zhou, Yuping Ren, Shengxuan Liu, Deborah J Prusak, Thomas G Wood, Xiaoyong Bao
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a major cause of lower respiratory infection in young children. Repeated infections occur throughout life, but its immune evasion mechanisms are largely unknown. We recently found that hMPV M2-2 protein elicits immune evasion by targeting mitochondrial antiviral-signaling protein (MAVS), an antiviral signaling molecule. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying such inhibition are not known. Our mutagenesis studies revealed that PDZ-binding motifs, 29-DEMI-32 and 39-KEALSDGI-46, located in an immune inhibitory region of M2-2, are responsible for M2-2-mediated immune evasion...
October 13, 2016: Virology
Yi Zhou, Wenjuan Yu, Huan Zhong, Jianlin Li, Hongxia Li, Feng He, Jie Zhou, Yongkai Tang, Juhua Yu, Fan Yu
Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater fish and economically important species in China and other East Asian countries. Recent studies suggest that insulin can alter the expression of immune genes and, thus, can be regarded as an immunomodulatory hormone. To understand the mechanism of the immune response to insulin, we performed a comparative RNA-seq transcriptome analysis using livers from common carp injected with insulin (5 μg/g bodyweight) or saline as a control. After filtering the low-quality reads and removing the adaptors, the clean raw reads were assembled into 60,421 unigenes with mean length of 746...
October 11, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Mariia Lunova, Peggy Schwarz, Renwar Nuraldeen, Kateryna Levada, Deniz Kuscuoglu, Michael Stützle, Maja Vujic, Johannes Haybaeck, Piotr Ruchala, Milan Jirsa, Jean-Christophe Deschemin, Sophie Vaulont, Christian Trautwein, Pavel Strnad
Iron is both an essential and a potentially toxic element and its systemic homeostasis is controlled by the iron-hormone hepcidin. Hepcidin binds to the cellular iron exporter ferroportin, causes its degradation and thereby diminishes iron uptake from the intestine and the release of iron from macrophages. Given that hepcidin-resistant ferroportin mutant mice display exocrine pancreas dysfunction, we analysed pancreata of aging hepcidin knockout mice (KOs). Hepcidin and Hfe KOs were compared to wild type animals (WTs) kept on standard or iron-rich diets...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Krisztina Marosi, Sang Woo Kim, Keelin Moehl, Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, Aiwu Cheng, Roy Cutler, Simonetta Camandola, Mark P Mattson
During fasting and vigorous exercise, a shift of brain cell energy substrate utilization from glucose to the ketone 3-hydroxybutyrate (3OHB) occurs. Studies have shown that 3OHB can protect neurons against excitotoxicity and oxidative stress, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Neurons maintained in the presence of 3OHB exhibited increased oxygen consumption and ATP production, and an elevated NAD+/NADH ratio. We found that 3OHB metabolism increases mitochondrial respiration which drives changes in expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in cultured cerebral cortical neurons...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Qiang Ding, Yujia Xia, Shuping Ding, Panpan Lu, Liang Sun, Yuhui Fan, Xin Li, Ying Wang, De-An Tian, Mei Liu
Transendothelial migration is a pivotal step before the dissemination of tumor cells into the blood circulation. Related researches about the crosstalk between tumor cells and endothelial cells could contribute to understanding the mechanism of transendothelial migration. Cumulative studies showed that CD133 was an important marker for cancer stem cells. In our research, a co-culture system was developed to study the interaction between CD133+ liver cancer cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. The results showed that the direct co-cultured supernatants promoted the migration and invasion of CD133+ liver cancer cells...
July 2016: Genes & Cancer
Chengcheng Yang, Huangzhen Wang, Boxiang Zhang, Yimeng Chen, Yamin Zhang, Xin Sun, Guodong Xiao, Kejun Nan, Hong Ren, Sida Qin
BACKGROUND: LCL161, a novel Smac mimetic, is known to have anti-tumor activity and improve chemosensitivity in various cancers. However, the function and mechanisms of the combination of LCL161 and paclitaxel in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remain unknown. METHODS: Cellular inhibitor of apoptotic protein 1 and 2 (cIAP1&2) expression in NSCLC tissues and adjacent non-tumor tissues were assessed by immunohistochemistry. The correlations between cIAP1&2 expression and clinicopathological characteristics, prognosis were analyzed...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Yanlong Qu, Li Zhou, Chunlei Wang
Inflammation has been reported to play critical roles in the development of osteoarthritis. In the present study, we investigated whether mangiferin (MFN) had anti-inflammatory effects in IL-1β-stimulated human osteoarthritis chondrocytes. The cells were treated with various concentrations of MFN in the presence or absence of IL-1β. The production of MMP-1, MMP-3, PGE2, and NO was measured in this study. The expression of NF-kB and PPAR-γ was detected by western blot analysis. MFN inhibited IL-1β-induced inflammatory mediators PGE2 and NO production...
October 12, 2016: Inflammation
Ennio Avolio, Gilda Fazzari, Maria Mele, Raffaella Alò, Merylin Zizza, Wei Jiao, Anna Di Vito, Tullio Barni, Maurizio Mandalà, Marcello Canonaco
The mechanisms by which inflammation affects the different emotional moods are only partially known. Previous works have pointed to stress hormones like glucocorticoids plus the vascular factor endothelin-1 as key factors evoking stressful states especially in relation to endothelial dysfunctions. With this work, it was our intention to establish the role of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine expression variations towards depression-like behaviors and consequently the development of neurodegeneration events caused by endothelial damages in the hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Diptika Tiwari, Purabi Deka Bose, Rizwana Sultana, Chandana Ray Das, Sujoy Bose
Preterm delivery (PTD) is one of the potent contributor of neonatal mortality and morbidity, and the underlying cause in some situation is elusive. This study attempts to delineate the association of deregulation in progesterone receptor (PR) pathway and deleterious immune responses in predisposing patients to PTD in Northeast India, a region with high rate of PTD cases. A total of 109 cases of PTD and 100 term delivery cases were enrolled with all clinical details. The PTD cases were stratified based on gestation age at delivery...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Walter J Lukiw
The human microbiome consists of ~3.8 × 10(13) symbiotic microorganisms that form a highly complex and dynamic ecosystem: the gastrointestinal (GI) tract constitutes the largest repository of the human microbiome by far, and its impact on human neurological health and disease is becoming increasingly appreciated. Bacteroidetes, the largest phylum of Gram-negative bacteria in the GI tract microbiome, while generally beneficial to the host when confined to the GI tract, have potential to secrete a remarkably complex array of pro-inflammatory neurotoxins that include surface lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) and toxic proteolytic peptides...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sheng-Wei Luo, Wei-Na Wang, Ren-Chong Xie, Fu-Xing Xie, Jing-Rong Kong, Yu-Chao Xiao, Di Huang, Zuo-Ming Sun, Yuan Liu, Cong Wang
PTEN is a key tumor suppressor gene that can play a regulatory role in the cellular proliferation, survival and apoptosis. In this study, the full-length PTEN (EcPTEN) was obtained, containing a 5'UTR of 745 bp, an ORF of 1269 bp and a 3'UTR of 106 bp. The EcPTEN gene encoded a polypeptide of 422 amino acids with an estimated molecular mass of 49.14 KDa and a predicted isoelectric point (pI) of 6.34. The deduced amino acid sequence analysis showed that EcPTEN comprised the conserved residues and the characteristic domains known to the critical functionality of PTEN...
October 7, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Jin-Lun Lai, Yu-Hui Liu, Chang Liu, Ming-Pu Qi, Rui-Ning Liu, Xi-Fang Zhu, Qiu-Ge Zhou, Ying-Yu Chen, Ai-Zhen Guo, Chang-Min Hu
Indirubin plays an important role in the treatment of many chronic diseases and exhibits strong anti-inflammatory activity. However, the molecular mode of action during mastitis prophylaxis remains poorly understood. In this study, a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced mastitis mouse model showed that indirubin attenuated histopathological changes in the mammary gland, local tissue necrosis, and neutrophil infiltration. Moreover, indirubin significantly downregulated the production of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
October 7, 2016: Inflammation
Natalia I Chekalina, Yuri M Kazakov, Tatyana V Mamontova, Ludmila E Vesnina, Igor P Kaidashev
INTRODUCTION: endothelial dysfunction (ED) is one of the most important links in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (ASVD) - morphological basis of coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVE: to study the effect of polyphenolic antioxidants, resveratrol and quercetin, on endothelial degeneration factors in CAD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the study involved 93 patients with coronary artery disease: stable angina pectoris, FC II. The cytofluorometric technique was applied to define the level of circulating endothelial microparticles (EMP) CD32+CD40+ in peripheral blood in order to identify ED...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Minchan Gil, Yun Kyu Kim, Sang Bum Hong, Kyung Jin Lee
Naringin, a flavanone glycoside extracted from various plants, has a wide range of pharmacological effects. In the present study, we investigated naringin's mechanism of action and its inhibitory effect on lipopolysaccharide-induced tumor necrosis factor-alpha and high-mobility group box 1 expression in macrophages, and on death in a cecal ligation and puncture induced mouse model of sepsis. Naringin increased heme oxygenase 1 expression in peritoneal macrophage cells through the activation of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, p38, and NF-E2-related factor 2...
2016: PloS One
Jian Zhan, Wenyi Qin, Ying Zhang, Jing Jiang, Hongmei Ma, Qiongli Li, Yong Luo
BACKGROUND: Zinc finger protein A20 (tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced protein 3) functions as a potent negative feedback inhibitor of the nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) signaling. It exerts these effects by interrupting the activation of IkB kinase beta (IKKβ), the most critical kinase in upstream of NF-kB, and thereby controlling inflammatory homeostasis. We reported previously that electroacupuncture (EA) could effectively suppress IKKβ activation. However, the mechanism underlying these effects was unclear...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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