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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426765/allatotropin-a-pleiotropic-neuropeptide-that-elicits-mosquito-immune-responses
#1
Salvador Hernández-Martínez, Minerva Sánchez-Zavaleta, Kevin Brito, Antonia Herrera-Ortiz, Sheila Ons, Fernando G Noriega
Allatotropins (AT) are neuropeptides with pleotropic functions on a variety of insect tissues. They affect processes such as juvenile hormone biosynthesis, cardiac rhythm, oviduct and hindgut contractions, nutrient absorption and circadian cycle. The present work provides experimental evidence that AT elicits immune responses in two important mosquito disease vectors, Anopheles albimanus and Aedes aegypti. Hemocytes and an immune-competent mosquito cell line responded to AT by showing strong morphological changes and increasing bacterial phagocytic activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423621/epstein-barr-virus-encoded-microrna-bart7-regulates-radiation-sensitivity-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#2
Wei Gao, Zeng-Hong Li, Siqi Chen, Jimmy Yu-Wai Chan, Min Yin, Min-Juan Zhang, Thian-Sze Wong
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is very sensitive to radiotherapy. To date, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrated that expression of EBV-encoded microRNA BART7 (ebv-miR-BART7) increases responsiveness of NPC to radiation treatment by targeting GFPT1/TGFβ1 signaling. GFPT1 is the the key rate-limiting enzyme of the hexosamine signaling pathway and governs TGFβ1 production. TGFβ1, a pleotropic cytokine with the potency to trigger self-renewal and damage-repair machinery in somatic cells...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406646/transforming-sphingosine-kinase-1-inhibitors-into-dual-and-sphingosine-kinase-2-selective-inhibitors-design-synthesis-and-in-vivo-activity
#3
Elizabeth S Childress, Yugesh Kharel, Anne M Brown, David R Bevan, Kevin R Lynch, Webster L Santos
Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a pleotropic signaling molecule that interacts with its five G-protein coupled receptors S1P1-5 to regulate cell growth and survival and has been implicated in a variety of diseases including cancer and sickle cell disease. As the key mediators in the synthesis of S1P, sphingosine kinase (SphK) isoforms 1 and 2 have attracted attention as viable targets for pharmaceutical inhibition. In this report, we describe the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of aminothiazole-based guanidine inhibitors of SphK...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366515/coq10-selective-miscibility-and-penetration-into-lipid-monolayers-with-lower-lateral-packing-density
#4
Sumit Garg, Vandana Swaminathan, Sirisha Dhavala, Michael A Kiebish, Rangaprasad Sarangarajan, Niven R Narain
CoQ10 is ubiquitously present in eukaryotic cells. It acts as electron carrier in the electron transport chain of the inner membrane of the mitochondria to facilitate aerobic cellular respiration. A highly stable lipid nanodispersion formulation containing CoQ10 (BPM31510) is currently in clinical investigation for treatment of cancer. This study was designed to determine whether biophysical interactions between CoQ10 and lipid, in part, explain the observed stability and cellular accumulation of CoQ10 in cells and tissues...
March 30, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343015/systemic-delivery-of-the-tumor-necrosis-factor-gene-to-tumors-by-a-novel-dual-dna-nanocomplex-in-a-nanoparticle-system
#5
Vasundhara Shukla, Manu Dalela, Manika Vij, Munia Ganguli, Ralph Weichselbaum, Surender Kharbanda, Donald Kufe, Harpal Singh
Many cancers fail to respond to immunotherapy as a result of immune suppression by the tumor microenvironment. The exogenous expression of immune cytokines to reprogram the tumor microenvironment represents an approach to circumvent this suppression. The present studies describe the development of a novel dual nanoparticle (DNP) system for driving DNA expression vectors encoding inflammatory cytokines in tumor cells. The DNP system consists of a DNA expression vector-cationic nanocomplex (NC) surrounded by a diblock polymeric NP...
March 22, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320879/metabolism-shapes-the-cell
#6
Anthony M Sperber, Jennifer K Herman
More than five decades of work support the idea that cell envelope synthesis, including the inward growth of cell division, is tightly coordinated with DNA replication and protein synthesis through central metabolism. Remarkably, no unifying model exists to account for how these fundamentally disparate processes are functionally coupled. Recent studies demonstrate that proteins involved in carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism can moonlight as direct regulators of cell division, coordinate cell division and DNA replication, and even suppress defects in DNA replication...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294872/-pleotropic-effects-of-atorvastatin-in-patients-with-chronic-ischemic-heart-disease
#7
V P Mikhin, Yu A Zhilyaeva, N I Gromnaky
Examined 52 patients with a diagnosis Ischemic heart disease: stable angina II-III FC CHF I-IIA stage, in combination with hypercholesterolemia aged 53-65 years (58,2+/-6,5), receiving together with traditional antianginal therapy generic atorvastatin Torvakard in the dose of 10 mg/day (20 people) with the level of total cholesterol from 5.0 to 6.50 mmol/l, patients with cholesterol levels from is 6.51 to 8.0 mmol/l was taking Torvakard 20 mg/day (32 person). As a result of 3 months therapy with low doses of Torvakarda decreased level of CRP, endothelin-1, IMT, improving the parameters of endothelium-dependent vasodilation, which shows the positive impact of the drug on morphological and functional parameters of the vascular wall...
May 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256636/elevated-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-fgf21-in-obese-insulin-resistant-states-is-normalised-by-the-synthetic-retinoid-fenretinide-in-mice
#8
Nicola Morrice, George D Mcilroy, Seshu R Tammireddy, Jennifer Reekie, Kirsty D Shearer, Mary K Doherty, Mirela Delibegović, Phillip D Whitfield, Nimesh Mody
Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) has emerged as an important beneficial regulator of glucose and lipid homeostasis but its levels are also abnormally increased in insulin-resistant states in rodents and humans. The synthetic retinoid Fenretinide inhibits obesity and improves glucose homeostasis in mice and has pleotropic effects on cellular pathways. To identify Fenretinide target genes, we performed unbiased RNA-seq analysis in liver from mice fed high-fat diet ± Fenretinide. Strikingly, Fgf21 was the most downregulated hepatic gene...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239611/pleotropic-acute-and-chronic-effects-of-leptin-to-reverse-type-1-diabetes
#9
Rachel J Perry
Recent studies have demonstrated that leptin can prolong life chronically in rats with poorly-controlled type 1 diabetes (T1D). Multiple explanations have been proposed to explain leptin's chronic antihyperglycemic effect, including suppression of glucagon release and/or signaling, reductions in hyperphagia and ectopic lipid content, and improvements in insulin sensitivity; it is leptin's ability to reduce plasma glucose relies on all of these effects. In addition, leptin reverses hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) acutely, within 6 hours of leptin infusion, by suppressing hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity in insulinopenic rats...
January 2017: Postdoc Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166722/integration-of-vdr-genome-wide-binding-and-gwas-genetic-variation-data-reveals-co-occurrence-of-vdr-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-binding-that-is-linked-to-immune-phenotypes
#10
Prashant K Singh, Patrick R van den Berg, Mark D Long, Angie Vreugdenhil, Laurie Grieshober, Heather M Ochs-Balcom, Jianmin Wang, Sylvie Delcambre, Sami Heikkinen, Carsten Carlberg, Moray J Campbell, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell
BACKGROUND: The nuclear hormone receptor superfamily acts as a genomic sensor of diverse signals. Their actions are often intertwined with other transcription factors. Nuclear hormone receptors are targets for many therapeutic drugs, and include the vitamin D receptor (VDR). VDR signaling is pleotropic, being implicated in calcaemic function, antibacterial actions, growth control, immunomodulation and anti-cancer actions. Specifically, we hypothesized that the biologically significant relationships between the VDR transcriptome and phenotype-associated biology could be discovered by integrating the known VDR transcription factor binding sites and all published trait- and disease-associated SNPs...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164169/adeno-associated-virus-serotype-9-driven-expression-of-bag3-improves-left-ventricular-function-in-murine-hearts-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-secondary-to-a-myocardial-infarction
#11
Tijana Knezevic, Valerie D Myers, Feifei Su, JuFang Wang, Jianliang Song, Xue-Qian Zhang, Erhe Gao, Guofeng Gao, Madesh Muniswamy, Manish K Gupta, Jennifer Gordon, Kristen N Weiner, Joseph Rabinowitz, Frederick V Ramsey, Douglas G Tilley, Kamel Khalili, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman
OBJECTIVES: The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that gene delivery of BCL2-Associated Athanogene 3 (BAG3) to the heart of mice with left ventricular dysfunction secondary to a myocardial infarction could enhance cardiac performance. BACKGROUND: BAG3 is a 575 amino acid protein that has pleotropic functions in the cell including pro-autophagy and anti-apoptosis. Mutations in BAG3 have been associated with both skeletal muscle dysfunction and familial dilated cardiomyopathy and BAG3 levels are diminished in non-familial heart failure...
December 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163307/role-of-nad-and-mitochondrial-sirtuins-in-cardiac-and-renal-diseases
#12
REVIEW
Kathleen A Hershberger, Angelical S Martin, Matthew D Hirschey
The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) has key roles in the regulation of redox status and energy metabolism. NAD(+) depletion is emerging as a major contributor to the pathogenesis of cardiac and renal diseases and NAD(+) repletion strategies have shown therapeutic potential as a means to restore healthy metabolism and physiological function. The pleotropic roles of NAD(+) enable several possible avenues by which repletion of this coenzyme could have therapeutic efficacy. In particular, NAD(+) functions as a co-substrate in deacylation reactions carried out by the sirtuin family of enzymes...
February 6, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144995/axonal-neuropathies-due-to-mutations-in-small-heat-shock-proteins-clinical-genetic-and-functional-insights-into-novel-mutations
#13
Andoni Echaniz-Laguna, Thomas Geuens, Philippe Petiot, Yann Péréon, Elias Adriaenssens, Mansour Haidar, Simona Capponi, Thierry Maisonobe, Emmanuel Fournier, Odile Dubourg, Bertrand Degos, François Salachas, Timothée Lenglet, Bruno Eymard, Emilien Delmont, Jean Pouget, Raul Juntas Morales, Cyril Goizet, Philippe Latour, Vincent Timmerman, Tanya Stojkovic
In this study, we describe the phenotypic spectrum of distal hereditary motor neuropathy caused by mutations in the small heat shock proteins HSPB1 and HSPB8 and investigate the functional consequences of newly discovered variants. Among 510 unrelated patients with distal motor neuropathy, we identified mutations in HSPB1 (28 index patients/510; 5.5%) and HSPB8 (four index patients/510; 0.8%) genes. Patients have slowly progressive distal (100%) and proximal (13%) weakness in lower limbs (100%), mild lower limbs sensory involvement (31%), foot deformities (73%), progressive distal upper limb weakness (29%), mildly raised serum creatine kinase levels (100%), and central nervous system involvement (9%)...
May 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112679/mechanism-for-leptin-s-acute-insulin-independent-effect-to-reverse-diabetic-ketoacidosis
#14
Rachel J Perry, Liang Peng, Abudukadier Abulizi, Lynn Kennedy, Gary W Cline, Gerald I Shulman
The mechanism by which leptin reverses diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is unknown. We examined the acute insulin-independent effects of leptin replacement therapy in a streptozotocin-induced rat model of DKA. Leptin infusion reduced rates of lipolysis, hepatic glucose production (HGP), and hepatic ketogenesis by 50% within 6 hours and were independent of any changes in plasma glucagon concentrations; these effects were abrogated by coinfusion of corticosterone. Treating leptin- and corticosterone-infused rats with an adipose triglyceride lipase inhibitor blocked corticosterone-induced increases in plasma glucose concentrations and rates of HGP and ketogenesis...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052118/tgf-%C3%AE-3-inhibits-antibody-production-by-human-b-cells
#15
Yumi Tsuchida, Shuji Sumitomo, Kazuyoshi Ishigaki, Akari Suzuki, Yuta Kochi, Haruka Tsuchiya, Mineto Ota, Toshihiko Komai, Mariko Inoue, Kaoru Morita, Tomohisa Okamura, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
TGF-β is a pleotropic cytokine involved in various biological processes. Of the three isoforms of TGF-β, TGF-β1 has long been recognized as an important inhibitory cytokine in the immune system and has been reported to inhibit B cell function in both mice and humans. Recently, it has been suggested that TGF-β3 may play an important role in the regulation of immune system in mice. Murine CD4+CD25-LAG3+ regulatory T cells suppress B cell function through the production of TGF-β3, and it has been reported that TGF-β3 is therapeutic in a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004134/genetic-analysis-and-mapping-of-adult-plant-resistance-loci-to-leaf-rust-in-durum-wheat-cultivar-bairds
#16
Caixia Lan, Bhoja R Basnet, Ravi P Singh, Julio Huerta-Espino, Sybil A Herrera-Foessel, Yong Ren, Mandeep S Randhawa
New leaf rust adult plant resistance (APR) QTL QLr.cim - 6BL was mapped and confirmed the known pleotropic APR gene Lr46 effect on leaf rust in durum wheat line Bairds. CIMMYT-derived durum wheat line Bairds displays an adequate level of adult plant resistance (APR) to leaf rust in Mexican field environments. A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population developed from a cross of Bairds with susceptible parent Atred#1 was phenotyped for leaf rust response at Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, during 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 under artificially created epidemics of Puccinia triticina (Pt) race BBG/BP...
March 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943080/kostmann-s-disease-and-hcls1-associated-protein-x-1-hax1
#17
REVIEW
Christoph Klein
Severe congenital neutropenia (SCN), originally described by the Swedish pediatrician Rolf Kostmann, constitutes a heterogeneous disorder associated with a dramatic decrease of peripheral neutrophil granulocytes. Patients suffer from life-threatening bacterial infections unless treated by recombinant human granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells. This review is focused on the SCN variant caused by mutations in HCLS1 Associated Protein X-1 (HAX1) (SCN3, "Kostmann Disease")...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908965/inf-%C3%AE-encoding-plasmid-administration-triggers-bone-loss-and-disrupts-bone-marrow-microenvironment
#18
Dimitrios Agas, Guilherme Gusmão Silva, Fulvio Laus, Andrea Marchegiani, Melania Capitani, Cecilia Vullo, Giuseppe Catone, Giovanna Lacava, Antonio Concetti, Luigi Marchetti, Maria Giovanna Sabbieti
IFN-γ is a pleotropic cytokine produced in the bone microenvironment. Although IFN-γ is known to play a critical role on bone remodeling, its function is not fully elucidated. Consistently, outcomes on the effects of IFN-γ recombinant protein on bone loss are contradictory among reports. In our work we explored, for the first time, the role of IFN-γ encoding plasmid (pIFN-γ) in a mouse model of osteopenia induced by ovariectomy and in the sham-operated counterpart to estimate its effects in skeletal homeostasis...
February 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879405/does-citrulline-sit-at-the-nexus-of-metformin-s-pleotropic-effects-on-metabolism-and-mediate-its-salutatory-effects-in-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
#19
Brian A Irving, Guillaume Spielmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836669/genetic-deletion-of-galectin-3-enhances-neuroinflammation-affects-microglial-activation-and-contributes-to-sub-chronic-injury-in-experimental-neonatal-focal-stroke
#20
Sophorn Chip, David Fernández-López, Fan Li, Joel Faustino, Nikita Derugin, Zinaida S Vexler
The pathophysiology of neonatal stroke and adult stroke are distinct in many aspects, including the inflammatory response. We previously showed endogenously protective functions of microglial cells in acute neonatal stroke. We asked if galectin-3 (Gal3), a pleotropic molecule that mediates interactions between microglia/macrophages and the extracellular matrix (ECM), plays a role in early injury after transient middle cerebral occlusion (tMCAO) in postnatal day 9-10 mice. Compared to wild type (WT) pups, in Gal3 knockout pups injury was worse and cytokine/chemokine production altered, including further increase of MIP1α and MIP1β levels and reduced IL6 levels 72h after tMCAO...
February 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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