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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535598/antarctic-seals-molecular-biomarkers-as-indicators-for-pollutant-exposure-health-effects-and-diet
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K Lehnert, L Weirup, K C Harding, T Härkönen, O Karlsson, J Teilmann
Weddell (Leptonychotes weddellii), Ross (Ommatophoca rossii) and crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophaga) are phocid seals with a circumpolar distribution around Antarctica. As long-lived and large top predators, they bioaccumulate contaminants and are considered as sentinels of ecosystem health. Antarctic seals are increasingly exposed to climate change, pollution, shipping and fisheries. To reveal and understand possible anthropogenic impacts on their immune and health status, this study investigates sensitive biomarkers of the xenobiotic metabolism and immune system in relation to mercury (Hg) burden...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535537/triggering-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-exemestane
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Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Rosi Bissinger, Hang Cao, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The steroidal aromatase inactivator exemestane blocks estrogen biosynthesis and is thus employed for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Exemestane is in part effective by stimulation of suicidal cell death or apoptosis. Side effects of exemestane treatment include anemia. At least in theory, exemestane induced anemia could be secondary to stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface...
May 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535426/new-role-of-pcsk9-in-atherosclerotic-inflammation-promotion-involving-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#3
Zhi-Han Tang, Juan Peng, Zhong Ren, Jing Yang, Ting-Ting Li, Tao-Hua Li, Zuo Wang, Dang-Heng Wei, Lu-Shan Liu, Xi-Long Zheng, Zhi-Sheng Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a popular target in the development of new cholesterol-lowering drugs and therapeutic interventions for atherosclerosis. PCSK9 could accelerate atherosclerosis through mechanisms beyond the degradation of the hepatic low-density lipoprotein receptor. Several clinical studies suggested that PCSK9 is involved in atherosclerotic inflammation. Accordingly, this study aimed to explore the role of PCSK9 in vascular inflammation that promotes atherosclerotic progression...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535417/ezrin-nf-kb-activation-regulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-induced-by-egf-and-promotes-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer
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Yingru Li, Zhaoyu Lin, Bin Chen, Shuang Chen, Zhipeng Jiang, Taicheng Zhou, Zehui Hou, Youyuan Wang
There is growing evidence that epithelial mesenchymal-transition (EMT) plays significant roles in terms of tumor metastasis. There are a lot of cytokines inducing EMT of tumor cells, EGF is one of the important cytokines.Ezrin is a connexin between the cytoskeleton and the cell membrane, which is closely related to the morphological movement and metastasis of tumor cells.EGF can activate Ezrin and affects cell motility. In recent years, many studies have shown that NF-kB acts as an important transcription factor, involving in the process of EMT...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535046/inhibitory-effect-of-piceatannol-on-tnf-%C3%AE-mediated-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Yanfang Li, Puyu Yang, Qimeng Chang, Jing Wang, Jie Liu, Yuan Lv, Thomas T Y Wang, Boyan Gao, Yaqiong Zhang, Liangli Lucy Yu
Piceatannol, a bioactive component in grapes and blueberry, was examined for its potential in decreasing the inflammatory activities in adipocytes using a co-cultured adipocytes and macrophages system, and suppressing TNF-α mediated inflammation and the related insulin resistance using a 3T3-L1 adipocytes model. Piceatannol treatment significantly reduced the release of inflammatory cytokines of TNF-α and MCP-1 in the co-cultured system and inhibited TNF-α induced expression of IL-6 and MCP-1 at both mRNA and protein levels in the 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534933/cuedc2-suppresses-glioma-tumorigenicity-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-stat3-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Feng Li, Chuanxi Tang, Dan Jin, Li Guan, Yue Wu, Xinfeng Liu, Xiuxiang Wu, Qing Yun Wu, Dianshuai Gao
CUEDC2, a CUE domain containing 2 protein, plays critical roles in many biological processes, such as cell cycle, inflammation and tumorigenesis. However, whether CUEDC2 was involved in tumorigenesis of glioma and the possible mechanism remains to be elucidated. In the present study, our results implied that the expression of CUEDC2 was lower in the glioma tissue and glioma cell lines than that of normal tissue and asctrocyte cells. Downregulation of endogenous CUEDC2 in glioma U251 cell lines by RNAi promoted the tumor cells proliferation, migration, invasion and glioma neurosphere formation, while, overexpression of CUEDC2 showed the opposite effect...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534645/the-mitochondria-targeting-peptide-elamipretide-diminishes-circulating-htra2-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Marcus Hortmann, Samuel Robinson, Moritz Mohr, Maximillian Mauler, Daniela Stallmann, Jochen Reinöhl, Daniel Duerschmied, Karlheinz Peter, James Carr, C Michael Gibson, Christoph Bode, Ingo Ahrens
BACKGROUND: The extent of myocardial damage in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) depends on both the time to reperfusion as well as injury induced by ischaemia-reperfusion resulting in a cascade of cellular and humoral reactions. As a consequence of ischaemia-reperfusion in the heart, the high-temperature requirement serine peptidase 2 (HtrA2) is translocated from the mitochondria to the cytosol, whereupon it induces protease activity-dependent apoptosis mediated via caspases...
May 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534307/acanthus-ilicifolius-l-a-promising-candidate-for-phytostabilization-of-zinc
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A M Shackira, Jos T Puthur, E Nabeesa Salim
The potential of a halophyte species-Acanthus ilicifolius L.-to phytostabilize zinc (Zn) grown under hydroponics culture conditions was critically evaluated in this study. The propagules after treating with ZnSO4 (4 mM) were analysed for the bioaccumulation pattern, translocation rate of Zn to the shoot, effects of Zn accumulation on organic solutes and the antioxidant defence system. It was found that most of the Zn absorbed by the plant was retained in the root (47%) and only a small portion was transported to stem (12%) and leaves (11%)...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533908/ascites-refractory-ascites-and-hyponatremia-in-cirrhosis
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Brett Fortune, Andres Cardenas
Ascites is the most common complication related to cirrhosis and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Ascites is a consequence of the loss of compensatory mechanisms to maintain the overall effective arterial blood volume due to worsening splanchnic arterial vasodilation as a result of clinically significant portal hypertension. In order to maintain effective arterial blood volume, vasoconstrictor and antinatriuretic pathways are activated, which increase overall sodium and fluid retention...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533892/malate-aspartate-shuttle-inhibitor-aminooxyacetic-acid-blocks-lipopolysaccharides-induced-activation-of-bv2-microglia
#10
Wangsong Shang, Xunbin Wei, Weihai Ying
NADH shuttles, including malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS) and glycerol-3-phosphate shuttle, mediate the transfer of the reducing equivalents of cytosolic NADH into mitochondria. In our current study, we used BV2 microglia as a cellular model to determine the roles of NADH shuttles in lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced microglial activation. We found that aminooxyacetic acid (AOAA), a widely used MAS inhibitor, significantly attenuated LPS-induced increases in the levels of nitric oxide-a hallmarker of microglial activation...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533492/anti-tumor-activity-of-anthrax-toxin-variants-that-form-a-functional-translocation-pore-by-intermolecular-complementation
#11
Shihui Liu, Qian Ma, Rasem Fattah, Thomas H Bugge, Stephen H Leppla
Anthrax lethal toxin is a typical A-B type protein toxin secreted by Bacillus anthracis. Lethal factor (LF) is the catalytic A-subunit, a metalloprotease having MEKs as targets. LF relies on the cell-binding B-subunit, protective antigen (PA), to gain entry into the cytosol of target cells. PA binds to cell surface toxin receptors and is activated by furin protease to form an LF-binding-competent oligomer-PA pre-pore, which converts to a functional protein-conductive pore in the acidic endocytic vesicles, allowing translocation of LF into the cytosol...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533472/yersinia-pestis-yopk-inhibits-bacterial-adhesion-to-host-cells-by-binding-to-the-extracellular-matrix-adaptor-protein-matrilin-2
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Yafang Tan, Wanbing Liu, Qingwen Zhang, Shiyang Cao, Haihong Zhao, Tong Wang, Zhizhen Qi, Yanping Han, Yajun Song, Xiaoyi Wang, Ruifu Yang, Zongmin Du
Pathogenic yersiniae harbor a type III secretion system (T3SS) that injects Yersinia outer protein (Yop) into host cells. YopK has been shown to control Yop translocation and prevent inflammasome recognition of T3SS by the innate immune system. Here, we demonstrate that YopK inhibits bacterial adherence to host cells by binding to the extracellular matrix adaptor protein matrilin-2 (MATN2). YopK binds to MATN2 and deleting the amino acids 91--124 disrupts binding of YopK to MATN2. A yopK null mutant exhibits hyper-adhesive phenotype, which could be responsible for the established Yop hyper-translocation phenotype of yopK mutant...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533434/lysophosphatidylinositol-induced-activation-of-the-cation-channel-trpv2-triggers-glucagon-like-peptide-1-secretion-in-enteroendocrine-l-cells
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Kazuki Harada, Tetsuya Kitaguchi, Taichi Kamiya, Kyaw Htet Aung, Kazuaki Nakamura, Kunihiro Ohta, Takashi Tsuboi
The lysophosphatidylinositol (LPI) has crucial roles in multiple physiological processes, including insulin exocytosis from pancreatic islets. However, the role of LPI in secretion of glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that enhances glucose-induced insulin secretion, is unclear. Here, we used the murine enteroendocrine L cell line GLUTag and primary murine small intestinal cells to elucidate the mechanism of LPI-induced GLP-1 secretion. Exogenous LPI addition increased intracellular Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in GLUTag cells and induced GLP-1 secretion from both GLUTag and acutely prepared primary intestinal cells...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533370/insect-pathogenic-fungus-interacts-with-the-gut-microbiota-to-accelerate-mosquito-mortality
#14
Ge Wei, Yiling Lai, Guandong Wang, Huan Chen, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The insect gut microbiota plays crucial roles in modulating the interactions between the host and intestinal pathogens. Unlike viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which need to be ingested to cause disease, entomopathogenic fungi infect insects through the cuticle and proliferate in the hemolymph. However, interactions between the gut microbiota and entomopathogenic fungi are unknown. Here we show that the pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana interacts with the gut microbiota to accelerate mosquito death. After topical fungal infection, mosquitoes with gut microbiota die significantly faster than mosquitoes without microbiota...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533220/triptolide-assisted-phosphorylation-of-p53-suppresses-inflammation-induced-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-survival-pathways-in-cancer-cells
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Li Zheng, Jia Jia, Huifang Dai, Lei Wan, Jian Liu, Lin Hu, Mian Zhou, Michael Qiu, Xufeng Chen, Lufen Chang, Jae Y Kim, Karen Reckamp, Dan J Raz, Zongping Xia, Binghui Shen
Chronic inflammation plays important roles in cancer initiation and progression. Resolving chronic inflammation or blocking inflammatory signal transduction may prevent cancer development. Here, we report that the combined low-dose use of two anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and triptolide, reduces spontaneous lung cancer incidence from 70% to 10% in a mouse model. Subsequent studies reveal that such treatment has little effect in resolving chronic inflammatory conditions in the lung, but it significantly blocks NF-κB-mediated expression of proliferation and survival genes in cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533150/molecular-imaging-of-neuroinflammation-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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REVIEW
Dunja Knezevic, Romina Mizrahi
Neuroinflammatory changes have been demonstrated to be an important feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD), however; the exact role of neuroinflammation and its progression during disease is still not well understood. One of the main drivers of the neuroinflammatory process is microglial cells. Positron Emission Tomography allows for the quantification of microglial activation by labelling the Translocator Protein 18kDa (TSPO), which becomes overexpressed upon activation of microglial cells. Several radioligands have been designed to target TSPO and have been studied in-vivo in AD populations...
May 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532341/pterostilbene-protects-against-uvb-induced-photo-damage-through-a-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-dependent-nrf2-are-pathway-in-human-keratinocytes
#17
Huaping Li, Na Jiang, Bihua Liang, Qing Liu, Erting Zhang, Liqian Peng, Huiyan Deng, Runxiang Li, Zhenjie Li, Huilan Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation is the initial etiological factor for various skin disorders, including erythema, sunburn, photoaging, and photocarcinogenesis. Pterostilbene (Pter) displayed remarkable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic activities. This study aimed to investigate the effective mechanism of Pter against UVB-induced photodamage in immortalized human keratinocytes. METHODS: Human keratinocytes were pretreated with Pter (5 and 10 μM) for 24 h prior to UVB irradiation (300 mJ/cm(2))...
May 22, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
#18
Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531558/accumulation-translocation-and-conversion-of-six-arsenic-species-in-rice-plants-grown-near-a-mine-impacted-city
#19
Li Ma, Lin Wang, Yuyu Jia, Zhaoguang Yang
Paddy rice (Oryza sativa L.) as the staple food in China was found to be efficient in accumulating arsenic (As) due to cultivated in flooded paddy soil. Uptake and translocation of As in rice plant depended on the As species. In this work, rice plant samples including roots, straws and grains as well as rhizosphere soils were collected from paddy fields near Changsha, a mine impacted city in Southern China. The total As concentrations in the collected samples were observed in the descending order as root > soil > straw > grain...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530676/mutations-in-dzip1l-which-encodes-a-ciliary-transition-zone-protein-cause-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease
#20
Hao Lu, Maria C Rondón Galeano, Elisabeth Ott, Geraldine Kaeslin, P Jaya Kausalya, Carina Kramer, Nadina Ortiz-Brüchle, Nadescha Hilger, Vicki Metzis, Milan Hiersche, Shang Yew Tay, Robert Tunningley, Shubha Vij, Andrew D Courtney, Belinda Whittle, Elke Wühl, Udo Vester, Björn Hartleben, Steffen Neuber, Valeska Frank, Melissa H Little, Daniel Epting, Peter Papathanasiou, Andrew C Perkins, Graham D Wright, Walter Hunziker, Heon Yung Gee, Edgar A Otto, Klaus Zerres, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Sudipto Roy, Carol Wicking, Carsten Bergmann
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), usually considered to be a genetically homogeneous disease caused by mutations in PKHD1, has been associated with ciliary dysfunction. Here, we describe mutations in DZIP1L, which encodes DAZ interacting protein 1-like, in patients with ARPKD. We further validated these findings through loss-of-function studies in mice and zebrafish. DZIP1L localizes to centrioles and to the distal ends of basal bodies, and interacts with septin2, a protein implicated in maintenance of the periciliary diffusion barrier at the ciliary transition zone...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
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