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Rudolf Poledne, Ivana Kralova Lesna, Marek Petras, Jiri Fronek, Anna Kralova, Sona Cejkova
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August 2017: Atherosclerosis
Ani Ma, Jin Bai, Mulan He, Anderson O L Wong
Spexin (SPX), a novel peptide coevolved with the galanin/kisspeptin family, was first identified by bioinformatics prior to its protein purification/functional studies. Its mature peptide is highly conserved among different vertebrate classes. Based on the studies in mammals and fish models, SPX was found to be widely distributed at tissue level, secreted into systemic circulation, identified at notable levels in central nervous system and peripheral tissues, and has been confirmed/implicated in multiple functions in different tissues/organs, suggesting that SPX may serve as a neuroendocrine signal with pleotropic functions...
January 17, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Chunyan Zhang, Richard J Simpson, Chul Min Kim, Norman Warthmann, Emmanuel Delhaize, Liam Dolan, Mary E Byrne, Yu Wu, Peter R Ryan
Mutants without root hairs show reduced inorganic orthophosphate (Pi) uptake and compromised growth on soils when Pi availability is restricted. What is less clear is whether root hairs that are longer than wild-type provide an additional benefit to phosphorus (P) nutrition. This was tested using transgenic Brachypodium lines with longer root hairs. The lines were transformed with the endogenous BdRSL2 and BdRSL3 genes using either a constitutive promoter or a root hair-specific promoter. Plants were grown for 32 d in soil amended with various Pi concentrations...
January 17, 2018: New Phytologist
Li Li Wang, Kyung-Tae Lee, Kwang-Woo Jung, Dong-Gi Lee, Yong-Sun Bahn
Microtubules are involved in mechanical support, cytoplasmic organization, and several cellular processes by interacting with diverse microtubule-associated proteins such as plus-end tracking proteins, motor proteins, and tubulin-folding cofactors. A number of the cytoskeleton-associated proteins (CAPs) contain the CAP-glycine-rich (CAP-Gly) domain, which is evolutionarily conserved and generally considered to bind to α-tubulin to regulate the function of microtubules. However, there has been a dearth of research on CAP-Gly proteins in fungal pathogens, including Cryptococcus neoformans, which is a global cause of fatal meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised patients...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
Jennifer Y So, Santosh Dhungana, Joanna J Beros, Gerard J Criner
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the two most prevalent obstructive lung diseases that account for tremendous morbidity and mortality throughout the world. These diseases have strong inflammatory components, with multiple prior studies showing elevated levels of various inflammatory markers and cells in those with COPD and asthma. Therefore, efforts to target inflammation in management of these diseases are of great interest. Statins, which define a class of drugs that are HMG-CoA inhibitors, are used to decrease cholesterol levels and have also been described to have many pleotropic effects that include anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties...
January 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Amel Lamri, Marie Pigeyre, William S Garver, David Meyre
The Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) protein regulates the transport of cholesterol and fatty acids from late endosomes / lysosomes and has a central role in maintaining lipid homeostasis. NPC1 loss-of-function mutations in humans cause NPC1 disease, a rare autosomal-recessive lipid-storage disorder characterized by progressive and lethal neurodegeneration, liver and lung failure, due to cholesterol infiltration. In humans, genome wide association studies (GWAS) and post-GWAS reports highlight the implication of common variants in NPC1 in adult-onset obesity, body fat mass, and type 2 diabetes...
January 9, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
Anupama M Gudadappanavar, Prashant R Hombal, Somling S Timashetti, S B Javali
Context and Aim: Probiotics have been documented with various pleotropic effects other than improving general gut health, but the potential benefits of strain-specific Lactobacillus on wound healing are unknown. Hence, the objective of the study is to evaluate and compare the wound healing property of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum on various wound models in male Wistar rats. Subjects and Methods: Excision wound, resutured incision wound, and dead space wounds were inflicted under light thiopentone anesthesia in male Wistar rats (n = 6, in each group)...
October 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Fan Zhang, Likai Wang, Eun Esther Ko, Kevin Shao, Hong Qiao
Ethylene plays pleotropic roles in plant growth, plant development, and stress responses. Although the effects of ethylene on plants are well documented, little is known about molecular-level events that result in transcriptional repression during the ethylene response.  In this study, we found that two histone deacetylases, SRT1 and SRT2, interact with ENAP1, which associates with EIN2 in the nucleus. Genetic and transcriptome analyses revealed that SRT1 and SRT2 are required for negative regulation of certain ethylene-responsive genes...
January 3, 2018: Plant Cell
Eman Said, Sawsan A Zaitone, Mohamed Eldosoky, Nehal M Elsherbiny
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus. Moreover,it is amongst the most common causes of end-stage renal failure. Inflammation is a crucial player in both development and progression of DN. JAK2/STA3 is a pleotropic cascade reported to regulate diverse inflammatory events. Previous studies reported involvement of JAK2/STA3 signal transduction pathway in diabetes-associated renal injury. In the current study, the inhibitory effect of nifuroxazide (25 mg/kg/day, orally) against inflammatory condition associating diabetic kidney progression in rats was evaluated...
December 29, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Gili Aviv, Ohad Gal-Mor
Bioluminescence is the process of production and emission of light by a living organism, usually as the by-product of the oxidative enzyme, luciferase. Currently available technology allows for the exploitation of a bioluminescent reporter system to study bacterial gene regulation during rodent infection, in real time, over a large dynamic range. Here we show how this imaging system can be used to study virulence gene regulation during Salmonella enterica infection in the mouse model. To demonstrate this technique we show the ex vivo expression pattern of the gene dksA, encoding a conserved and pleotropic regulator, which plays a key role in Salmonella pathogenicity [1]...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Shaunik Sharma, Sreekanth Puttachary, Thimmasettappa Thippeswamy
Epileptogenesis is the process of developing an epileptic condition and/or its progression once it is established. The molecules that initiate, promote, and propagate remarkable changes in the brain during epileptogenesis are emerging as targets for prevention/treatment of epilepsy. Epileptogenesis is a continuous process that follows immediately after status epilepticus (SE) in animal models of acquired temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Both SE and epileptogenesis are potential therapeutic targets for the discovery of anticonvulsants and antiepileptogenic or disease-modifying agents...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Abdulmaged M Traish
Androgens are steroid hormones with pleotropic and diverse biochemical and physiological functions, and androgen deficiency exerts a negative impact on human health. Testosterone (T) either directly or via its transformation into the more potent metabolite 5α-dihydrotestosterone (5α-DHT) or via aromatization into estradiol (E2 ) modulates important biochemical signaling pathways of human physiology and plays a critical role in the growth and/or maintenance of functions in a host of tissues and organs. T and 5α-DHT play an important role in regulating physiology of the muscle, adipose tissue, liver, bone, and central nervous system, as well as reproductive and sexual functions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Alexander M Tatara, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Antonios G Mikos
As regenerative medicine matures as a field, more promising technologies are being translated from the benchtop to the clinic. However, many of these strategies are designed with otherwise healthy hosts in mind and validated in animal models without other co-morbidities. In reality, many of the patient populations benefiting from drug delivery and tissue engineering-based devices to enhance wound healing also have significant underlying immunodeficiency. Specifically, patients suffering from diabetes, malignancy, human immunodeficiency virus, post-organ transplantation, and other compromised states have significant pleotropic immune defects that affect wound healing...
December 6, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Boram Min, Kwang Chul Chung
Formation of toxic protein aggregates is a common feature and mainly contributes to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs), which include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and prion diseases. The transglutaminase 2 (TG2) gene encodes a multifunctional enzyme, displaying four types of activity, such as transamidation, GTPase, protein disulfide isomerase, and protein kinase activities. Many studies demonstrated that the calcium-dependent transamidation activity of TG2 affects the formation of insoluble and toxic amyloid aggregates that mainly consisted of NDD-related proteins...
January 2018: BMB Reports
Abeer M Rababa'h, Karem H Alzoubi, Ala'a Atmeh
Impairment of learning and memory has been associated with accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the body. It has also been found that antioxidants enhance learning and memory. Levosimendan is a cardiac inotropic and vasodilator agent that has pleotropic effects including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and smooth muscle vasodilatory actions. In this study, we investigated the effect of levosimendan on learning and memory in rats. Levosimendan (12 µg/kg, intraperitoneally) or vehicle was administered once a week for 8 weeks...
November 21, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
Carlo Cervellati, Gloria Bonaccorsi, Alessandro Trentini, Giuseppe Valacchi, Juana M Sanz, Monica Squerzanti, Manuela Spagnolo, Leo Massari, Ilaria Crivellari, Pantaleo Greco, Roberta Parladori, Angelina Passaro, Giorgio Ricci
Obesity is independently associated with disturbances in lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, oxidative stress, and is a well-established independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Human paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a pleotropic high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-associated enzyme with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory proprieties that have been suggested to contribute to the athero-protective function of the lipoprotein. The aim of this study was to investigate whether obesity is associated with PON1 activity and whether this association is influenced by oxidative stress, inflammation and HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) concentration...
November 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Adelaide Ij Young, Paul Timpson, David Gallego-Ortega, Christopher J Ormandy, Samantha R Oakes
Myeloid cell leukemia-1 (MCL-1), closely related to B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2), has a well-established role in cell survival and has emerged as an important target for cancer therapeutics. We have demonstrated that inhibiting MCL-1 is efficacious in suppressing tumour progression in pre-clinical models of breast cancer and revealed that in addition to its role in cell survival, MCL-1 modulated cellular invasion. Utilizing a MCL-1-specific genetic antagonist, we found two possible mechanisms; firstly MCL-1 directly binds to and alters the phosphorylation of the cytoskeletal remodeling protein, Cofilin, a protein important for cytoskeletal remodeling during invasion, and secondly MCL-1 modulates the levels SRC family kinases (SFKs) and their targets...
November 23, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Brittney A Beyer, Mingliang Fang, Benjamin Sadrian, J Rafael Montenegro-Burke, Warren C Plaisted, Bernard P C Kok, Enrique Saez, Toru Kondo, Gary Siuzdak, Luke L Lairson
Endogenous metabolites play essential roles in the regulation of cellular identity and activity. Here we have investigated the process of oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) differentiation, a process that becomes limiting during progressive stages of demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis, using mass-spectrometry-based metabolomics. Levels of taurine, an aminosulfonic acid possessing pleotropic biological activities and broad tissue distribution properties, were found to be significantly elevated (∼20-fold) during the course of oligodendrocyte differentiation and maturation...
January 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Rachel J Perry, Liang Peng, Gary W Cline, Yongliang Wang, Aviva Rabin-Court, Joongyu D Song, Dongyan Zhang, Xian-Man Zhang, Yuichi Nozaki, Sylvie Dufour, Kitt Falk Petersen, Gerald I Shulman
Caloric restriction rapidly reverses type 2 diabetes (T2D), but the mechanism(s) of this reversal are poorly understood. Here we show that 3 days of a very-low-calorie diet (VLCD, one-quarter their typical intake) lowered plasma glucose and insulin concentrations in a rat model of T2D without altering body weight. The lower plasma glucose was associated with a 30% reduction in hepatic glucose production resulting from suppression of both gluconeogenesis from pyruvate carboxylase (VPC ), explained by a reduction in hepatic acetyl-CoA content, and net hepatic glycogenolysis...
January 9, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Pedro Mejia, J Humberto Treviño-Villarreal, Justin S Reynolds, Mariana De Niz, Andrew Thompson, Matthias Marti, James R Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Maladaptive immune responses during cerebral malaria (CM) result in high mortality despite opportune anti-malarial chemotherapy. Rapamycin, an FDA-approved immunomodulator, protects against experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) in mice through effects on the host. However, the potential for reduced adaptive immunity with chronic use, combined with an incomplete understanding of mechanisms underlying protection, limit translational potential as an adjunctive therapy in CM. RESULTS: The results presented herein demonstrate that a single dose of rapamycin, provided as late as day 4 or 5 post-infection, protected mice from ECM neuropathology and death through modulation of distinct host responses to infection...
November 9, 2017: Malaria Journal
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