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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334602/high-dose-metformin-plus-temozolomide-shows-increased-anti-tumor-effects-in-glioblastoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-compared-with-monotherapy
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Jung Eun Lee, Ji Hee Lim, Yong Kil Hong, Seung Ho Yang
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to investigate the efficacy of combined treatment with temozolomide (TMZ) and metformin for glioblastoma (GBM) in vitro and in vivo. Materials and Methods: We investigated the efficacy of combined treatment with TMZ and metformin using cell viability and apoptosis assays. A GBM orthotopic mice model was established by inoculation of 5x105 U87 cells and treated with metformin, TMZ, and the combination for 4 weeks. Western blotting and immunofluorescence of tumor specimens were analyzed to investigate AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and AKT pathway...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334548/plasma-and-intracellular-pharmacokinetics-of-tenofovir-in-patients-switched-from-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-to-tenofovir-alafenamide
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Anthony T Podany, Sara H Bares, Joshua Havens, Ravi Dyavar Shetty, Jennifer O'neill, Sarah Lee, Courtney V Fletcher, Susan Swindells, Kimberly K Scarsi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare the intra-individual plasma and intracellular peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) pharmacokinetics (PK) of tenofovir (TFV) and its intracellular metabolite, tenofovir-diphosphate (TFV-DP) in patients switched from a fixed dose combination (FDC) tablet of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)/ emtricitabine (FTC)/ elvitegravir (EVG)/ cobicistat (COBI) to a FDC containing tenofovir alafenamide (TAF)/FTC/EVG/COBI. DESIGN: A single arm, prospective, non-randomized, cross-over, PK study in patients receiving a TDF-containing regimen (TDF 300 mg/ FTC 200 mg/ EVG 150 mg/ COBI 150 mg) switched to a TAF-containing FDC regimen (TAF 10 mg/ FTC 200 mg/ EVG 150 mg/ COBI 150 mg)...
January 13, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334326/predicting-the-dopamine-d2-receptor-occupancy-of-ropinirole-in-rats-using-positron-emission-tomography-and-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-modeling
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Chenrong Huang, Ziteng Wang, Linsheng Liu, Xiaoxue Liu, Ji Dong, Qingqing Xu, Bin Zhang, Liyan Miao
The purpose of this study was to measure dopamine D2/3 receptor occupancy (RO) as a marker of the clinical efficacy of ropinirole in rats via positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fallypride as the radiotracer and to explore the relationship between dopamine RO and the plasma concentration of ropinirole via pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling. Plasma was collected from 16 rats treated with one of four doses of ropinirole. For the time-dependent study, the data of 16 rats in the 15 mg/kg dose group at four time points were averaged, and another 24 rats were divided into three dose groups (5 mg/kg, 30 mg/kg and 60 mg/kg) for the dose-dependent study; the animals were assessed via 18F-fallypride PET scans...
January 15, 2018: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333604/adiponectin-inhibits-inflammatory-cytokines-production-by-beclin-1-phosphorylation-and-bcl-2-mrna-destabilization-role-for-autophagy-induction
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Nirmala Tilija Pun, Pil-Hoon Park
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adiponectin potently suppresses inflammatory mediator production. Autophagy is known to play a critical role in modulating inflammatory responses by adiponectin. However, the underlying mechanisms are not clearly understood. Interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2 is a critical event in autophagy induction. We examined the effects of globular adiponectin (gAcrp) on the Beclin-1/Bcl-2 association and its underlying mechanisms. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The effect of gAcrp on the interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2 was examined by immunoprecipitation followed by Western blotting...
January 14, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333385/kaempferol-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-suppressing-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegfr2-activation-via-erk-p38-mapk-and-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathways-in-endothelial-cells
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Gi Dae Kim
Kaempferol has been shown to inhibit vascular formation in endothelial cells. However, the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In the present study, we evaluated whether kaempferol exerts antiangiogenic effects by targeting extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathways in endothelial cells. Endothelial cells were treated with various concentrations of kaempferol for 24 h...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333376/anti-inflammatory-and-anti-obesity-properties-of-food-bioactive-components-effects-on-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Shasika Jayarathne, Iurii Koboziev, Oak-Hee Park, Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Chwan-Li Shen, Naima Moustaid-Moussa
Obesity is an epidemic and costly disease affecting 13% of the adult population worldwide. Obesity is associated with adipose tissue hypertrophy and hyperplasia, as well as pathologic endocrine alterations of adipose tissue including local and chronic systemic low-grade inflammation. Moreover, this inflammation is a risk factor for both metabolic syndrome (MetS) and insulin resistance. Basic and clinical studies demonstrate that foods containing bioactive compounds are capable of preventing both obesity and adipose tissue inflammation, improving obesity-associated MetS in human subjects and animal models of obesity...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333122/metformin-enhanced-in-vitro-radiosensitivity-associates-with-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-elevated-adenosine-5-monophosphate-activated-protein-kinase-levels-in-glioblastoma
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Sebastian Adeberg, Denise Bernhardt, Semi B Harrabi, Nils H Nicolay, Juliane Hörner-Rieber, Laila König, Michael Repka, Angela Mohr, Amir Abdollahi, Klaus-Josef Weber, Juergen Debus, Stefan Rieken
Background: It is hypothesized that metabolism plays a strong role in cancer cell regulation. We have recently demonstrated improved progression-free survival in patients with glioblastoma who received metformin as an antidiabetic substance during chemoradiation. Although metformin is well-established in clinical use the influence of metformin in glioblastoma is far from being understood especially in combination with other treatment modalities such as radiation and temozolomide. Materials and Methods: In this study, we examined the influence of metformin in combinations with radiation and temozolomide on cell survival (clonogenic survival), cell cycle (routine flow cytometric analysis, FACScan), and phosphorylated Adenosine-5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) (Phopho-AMPKalpha1 - ELISA) levels in glioblastoma cell lines LN18 and LN229...
December 2017: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333043/picroside-i-and-picroside-ii-from-tissue-cultures-of-picrorhiza-kurroa
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Yamjala Ganeshkumar, Ajmera Ramarao, Ciddi Veeresham
Background: Picrorhiza kurroa (PK) belongs to Scrophulariaceae family and is a representative endemic, medicinal herb, widely distributed throughout the higher altitudes of alpine Himalayas from west to east, between 3000 and 4500 m above mean sea level. Objective: The objective of the present study is to assess the production of picroside I and picroside II from tissue cultures of PK. Materials and Methods: Auxiliary shoot tips of PK were incubated in Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with indole-3-butyric acid and kinetin phytohormones...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332545/long-noncoding-rna-h19-inhibits-cell-viability-migration-and-invasion-via-downregulation-of-irs-1-in-thyroid-cancer-cells
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Peng Wang, Guoqing Liu, Weimin Xu, Haixia Liu, Qingao Bu, Diwen Sun
Thyroid cancer is a common endocrine gland malignancy which exhibited rapid increased incidence worldwide in recent decades. This study was aimed to investigate the role of long noncoding RNA H19 in thyroid cancer. Long noncoding RNA H19 was overexpressed or knockdown in thyroid cancer cells SW579 and TPC-1, and the expression of long noncoding RNA H19 was detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction. The cell viability, migration, and invasion were determined by 3-(4, 5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2, 5-diphenyl-2-H-tetrazolium bromide assay, Transwell assay, and wound healing assay, respectively...
December 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332537/azd9291-increases-sensitivity-to-radiation-in-pc-9-ir-cells-by-delaying-dna-damage-repair-after-irradiation-and-inducing-apoptosis
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Shenghai Wu, Lucheng Zhu, Linglan Tu, Sumei Chen, Haixiu Huang, Jingjing Zhang, Shenglin Ma, Shirong Zhang
AZD9291 is a novel, irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), which is administered orally. It has been proven effective in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, with both EGFR-sensitizing and EGFR T790M mutations in preclinical models. However, the potential therapeutic effects of AZD9291 combined with other modalities, including ionizing radiation, are not well understood. The presence of AZD9291 significantly increases the cell-killing effects of radiation in PC-9-IR cells with a secondary EGFR mutation (T790M), which was developed from NSCLC PC-9 cells (human lung adenocarcinoma cell with EGFR 19 exon 15 bp deletion) after chronic exposure to increasing doses of gefitinib, and in H1975 cells (human lung adenocarcinoma cell with EGFR exon 20 T790M mutation de novo), but not in PC-9 cells or in H460 cells (human lung adenocarcinoma cell with wild-type EGFR)...
January 13, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332488/role-of-the-hippocampal-5-ht1a-receptor-mediated-camp-pka-signalling-pathway-in-sevoflurane-induced-cognitivedysfunction-in-aged-rats
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Yi Qiu, Ying Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Caixia Wang, Zhong-Yuan Xia
Objective This study aimed to evaluate the role of the hippocampal 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A (5-HT1A)-mediated cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A (cAMP/PKA) signalling pathway in sevoflurane-induced cognitive dysfunction in aged rats. Methods Sixty 18-month-old Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into the control (n = 30) and experimental (Sev, n = 30) groups. The experimental group inhaled 50% air/oxygen mixture (2 L/min) and 2% sevoflurane for 4 hours. The control group inhaled 50% air/oxygen mixture (2 L/min) for 4 hours...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332411/%C3%AE-1-integrin-mediated-multicellular-resistance-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-activation-of-the-fak-akt-pathway
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Tao Tian, Chun-Li Li, Xiao Fu, Shu-Hong Wang, Jun Lu, Hui Guo, Yu Yao, Ke-Jun Nan, Yu-Juan Yang
Objective To explore the role and mechanism of β1 integrin in the regulation of multicellular drug resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods This in vitro study used a liquid overlay technique to obtain multicellular spheroids of two human HCC cell lines, HepG2 and Bel-7402. The morphology of the spheroids was observed by optical and electron microscopy. The effects of exposure to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin (CDDP) on cell proliferation and the induction of apoptosis were assessed in monolayer cells and multicellular spheroids...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332310/advances-and-current-challenges-in-calcium-signaling
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REVIEW
Jörg Kudla, Dirk Becker, Erwin Grill, Rainer Hedrich, Michael Hippler, Ursula Kummer, Martin Parniske, Tina Romeis, Karin Schumacher
Content I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII VIII IX X XI ORCID References SUMMARY: Temporally and spatially defined changes in Ca2+ concentration in distinct compartments of cells represent a universal information code in plants. Recently, it has become evident that Ca2+ signals not only govern intracellular regulation but also appear to contribute to long distance or even organismic signal propagation and physiological response regulation. Ca2+ signals are shaped by an intimate interplay of channels and transporters, and during past years important contributing individual components have been identified and characterized...
January 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332294/detection-of-mapk3-6-phosphorylation-during-hypersensitive-response-hr-associated-programmed-cell-death-in-plants
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Qingyu Wu, David Jackson
Programmed cell death (PCD) is an essential component of development, biotic and abiotic responses. Hypersensitive response (HR)-associated cell death activated under pathogen attack is one of the most dramatic manifestations of PCD in plants. Signal transduction through mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades, a very conserved signaling pathway across eukaryotes, is a core mediator for HR-associated PCD. Therefore, monitoring MAPK activation enables the mechanisms underlying HR-associated PCD to be elucidated...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331876/app-go-protein-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-complex-signaling-mediates-a%C3%AE-degeneration-and-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
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Elena Anahi Bignante, Nicolás Eric Ponce, Florencia Heredia, Juliana Musso, María C Krawczyk, Julieta Millán, Gustavo F Pigino, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Mariano M Boccia, Alfredo Lorenzo
Deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ), the proteolytic product of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), might cause neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the direct involvement of APP in the mechanism of Aβ-induced degeneration in AD remains on debate. Here, we analyzed the interaction of APP with heterotrimeric Go protein in primary hippocampal cultures and found that Aβ deposition dramatically enhanced APP-Go protein interaction in dystrophic neurites. APP overexpression rendered neurons vulnerable to Aβ toxicity by a mechanism that required Go-Gβγ complex signaling and p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase activation...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331741/extracellular-acidification-induces-ros-and-mptp-mediated-death-in-hek293-cells
#16
José Teixeira, Farhan Basit, Herman G Swarts, Marleen Forkink, Paulo J Oliveira, Peter H G M Willems, Werner J H Koopman
The extracellular pH (pHe) is a key determinant of the cellular (micro)environment and needs to be maintained within strict boundaries to allow normal cell function. Here we used HEK293 cells to study the effects of pHe acidification (24h), induced by mitochondrial inhibitors (rotenone, antimycin A) and/or extracellular HCl addition. Lowering pHe from 7.2 to 5.8 reduced cell viability by 70% and was paralleled by a decrease in cytosolic pH (pHc), hyperpolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψ), increased levels of hydroethidine-oxidizing ROS and stimulation of protein carbonylation...
December 30, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331721/understanding-protein-drug-interactions-using-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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REVIEW
Claire E Eyers, Matthias Vonderach, Samantha Ferries, Kiani Jeacock, Patrick A Eyers
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) is an important addition to the analytical toolbox for the structural evaluation of proteins, and is enhancing many areas of biophysical analysis. Disease-associated proteins, including enzymes such as protein kinases, transcription factors exemplified by p53, and intrinsically disordered proteins, including those prone to aggregation, are all amenable to structural analysis by IM-MS. In this review we discuss how this powerful technique can be used to understand protein conformational dynamics and aggregation pathways, and in particular, the effect that small molecules, including clinically-relevant drugs, play in these processes...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331689/baicalin-inhibits-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-through-regulating-ampk-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
#18
Yichuan Xiao, Jiantao Ye, Ying Zhou, Junjun Huang, Xiawen Liu, Biyun Huang, Liu Zhu, Bo Wu, Genshui Zhang, Yi Cai
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways. It has been shown that activation of AMPK could inhibit fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation, thereby suppressing cardiac fibrosis. Baicalin, the major component found in skullcap, possesses multiple protective effects on the cardiovascular system. However, little is known about the effect of baicalin on cardiac fibrosis and the molecular mechanism by which baicalin exerts its anti-fibrotic effects has not been investigated...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331577/a-novel-encystation-specific-protein-kinase-regulates-chitin-synthesis-in-entamoeba-invadens
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Sintu Kumar Samanta, Sneha Susan Varghese, Deepak Krishnan, Mithu Baidya, Digant Nayak, Sumanta Mukherjee, Sudip K Ghosh
Phosphorylation is an important post-translational modification of proteins and is involved in the regulation of a variety of cellular events. The proteome of Entamoeba invadens, the reptilian counterpart of Entamoeba histolytica consists of an overwhelming number of putative protein kinases, and some may have a role to play in Entamoeba encystation. In this study, we have identified a novel protein kinase named as EiCSpk (Entamoeba invadenscyst specific protein kinase) which expressed almost exclusively during encystation...
January 10, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331521/increased-transcript-levels-and-kinetic-function-of-pyruvate-kinase-during-severe-dehydration-in-aestivating-african-clawed-frogs-xenopus-laevis
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Neal J Dawson, Yulia Biggar, Amal I Malik, Kenneth B Storey
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, can withstand extremely arid conditions through aestivation, resulting in dehydration and urea accumulation. Aestivating X. laevis reduce their metabolic rate, and rely on anaerobic glycolysis to meet reduced ATP demands. The present study investigated how severe dehydration affected the transcript levels, kinetic profile, and phosphorylation state of the key glycolytic enzyme pyruvate kinase (PK) in the liver and skeletal muscle of X. laevis. Compared to control frogs, severely dehydrated frogs showed an increase in the transcript abundance of both liver and muscle isoforms of PK...
January 10, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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