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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340506/neuromedin-u-alters-bioenergetics-and-expands-the-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Vanesa G Martinez, John Crown, Richard K Porter, Lorraine O'Driscoll
Neuromedin U (NmU) is a neuropeptide belonging to the neuromedin family. Recently, we reported a significant association between NmU and breast cancer, particularly correlating with increased aggressiveness, resistance to HER2-targeted therapies and overall significantly poorer outcome for patients, although the mechanism through which it exerts this effect remained unexplained. Investigating this, here we found that ectopic over-expression of NmU in HER2-positive breast cancer cells induced aberrant metabolism, with increased glycolysis, likely due to enhanced pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase activity...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340475/irinotecan-upregulates-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-3-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-which-mitigates-irinotecan-induced-apoptosis
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Zeynep N Erdem, Stefanie Schwarz, Daniel Drev, Christine Heinzle, Andrea Reti, Petra Heffeter, Xenia Hudec, Klaus Holzmann, Bettina Grasl-Kraupp, Walter Berger, Michael Grusch, Brigitte Marian
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan (IRI) is an integral part of colorectal cancer (CRC) therapy, but response rates are unsatisfactory and resistance mechanisms are still insufficiently understood. As fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) mediates essential survival signals in CRC, it is a candidate gene for causing intrinsic resistance to IRI. METHODS: We have used cell line models overexpressing FGFR3 to study the receptor's impact on IRI response. For pathway blockade, a dominant-negative receptor mutant and a small molecule kinase inhibitor were employed...
March 21, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340465/dumbbell-dna-templated-cunps-as-a-nano-fluorescent-probe-for-detection-of-enzymes-involved-in-ligase-mediated-dna-repair
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Taiping Qing, Xiaoxiao He, Dinggeng He, Xiaosheng Ye, Jingfang Shangguan, Jinquan Liu, Baoyin Yuan, Kemin Wang
DNA repair processes are responsible for maintaining genome stability. Ligase and polynucleotide kinase (PNK) have important roles in ligase-mediated DNA repair. The development of analytical methods to monitor these enzymes involved in DNA repair pathways is of great interest in biochemistry and biotechnology. In this work, we reported a new strategy for label-free monitoring PNK and ligase activity by using dumbbell-shaped DNA templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs). In the presence of PNK and ligase, the dumbbell-shaped DNA probe (DP) was locked and could resist the digestion of exonucleases and then served as an efficient template for synthesizing fluorescent CuNPs...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340404/synthesis-in-vitro-antiproliferative-activity-and-kinase-profile-of-new-benzimidazole-and-benzotriazole-derivatives
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Konrad Chojnacki, Patrycja Wińska, Katarzyna Skierka, Monika Wielechowska, Maria Bretner
Protein kinase 2 (CK2), a member of the serine/threonine kinase family, has been established as a promising target in anticancer therapy. New derivatives of known CK2 inhibitors 4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1H-benzimidazole (TBBi) and 4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1H-benzotriazole (TBBt) bearing azide or substituted triazole groups were synthesized. Their influence on the activity of human recombinant CK2α and cytotoxicity against normal and cancer cell lines were evaluated. TBBi derivatives with triazole substituted with carboxyl substituent (7 and 10) exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against CK2 with Ki value in the range of 1...
March 16, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340378/current-fda-approved-treatments-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-potential-biomarkers-for-its-detection
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Karla A Ruiz-Ceja, Yolanda I Chirino
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the leading worldwide cancer with almost 1.5 million deaths every year. Some drugs for lung cancer treatment have been available on the market for decades, but novel drugs have emerged promising better outcomes, especially for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), which represents 75% of lung cancer cases. However, how much do drugs have evolved for NSCLC treatment? Are they sharing the same mechanism of action? AIM: In this review we analyzed how the approved drugs by Federal Drug Agency for NSCLC have advanced in the last four decades identifying shared mechanism of action of medicines against NSCLC treatment and some of the potential biomarkers for early detection...
March 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340283/comparative-analysis-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-patients-treated-with-imatinib-nilotinib-and-dasatinib
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Mariko Minami, Takeshi Arita, Hiromi Iwasaki, Tsuyoshi Muta, Takatoshi Aoki, Kenichi Aoki, Satoshi Yamasaki, Takamitsu Matsushima, Koji Kato, Katsuto Takenaka, Kazuki Tanimoto, Tomohiko Kamimura, Ryosuke Ogawa, Koichi Akashi, Toshihiro Miyamoto
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, but life-threatening, adverse event in patients treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as dasatinib, but has not been fully evaluated in patients treated with imatinib or nilotinib. We used echocardiography to noninvasively assess the incidence of PH in 105 patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) treated with imatinib (n = 37), nilotinib (n = 30) or dasatinib (n = 38). The mean triscupid regurgitation peak gradient (TRPG), which reflects pulmonary arterial pressure, was 22·7 mmHg in the imatinib group, 23·1 mmHg in the nilotinib group and 23·4 mmHg for dasatinib group...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340249/orthodontic-strain-affects-the-hippo-pathway-effector-yap-concomitant-with-proliferation-in-human-periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts
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Diana Huelter-Hassler, Pascal Tomakidi, Thorsten Steinberg, Britta A Jung
Objectives: During orthodontic tooth movement (OTM), human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPDLFs) sense, and respond to mechanical forces. Since the molecular constituents involved in these processes are not fully elucidated, the objective of the present study was to identify further key molecules of the cellular strain response. Materials and Methods: Primary hPDLFs were strained with a static equiaxial strain of 2.5 per cent for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours, and 24 hours...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340181/different-expression-patterns-of-sperm-motility-related-genes-in-testis-of-diploid-and-tetraploid-cyprinid-fish1
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Fangzhou Hu, Kang Xu, Yunfan Zhou, Chang Wu, Shi Wang, Jun Xiao, Min Wen, Rurong Zhao, Kaikun Luo, Min Tao, Wei Duan, Shaojun Liu
Sperm motility is an important standard to measure the fertility of male. In our previous study, we found that the diploid spermatozoa from allotetraploid hybrid (4nAT) had longer durations of rapid and slow progressive motility than haploid spermatozoa from common carp (COC). In this study, to explore sperm motility-related molecular mechanisms, we compared the testis tissues transcriptomes from two years old male COC and 4nAT. The RNA-seq data revealed that 2985 genes were differentially expressed between COC and 4nAT, including 2216 up-regulated and 769 down-regulated genes in 4nAT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340042/effects-of-dietary-l-arginine-levels-on-small-intestine-protein-turnover-and-the-expression-of-genes-related-to-protein-synthesis-and-proteolysis-of-layers
#9
L P Miao, C Yuan, X Y Dong, X Y Zhang, M Y Zhou, X T Zou
The aim of this study was to test the effects of dietary L-arginine (Arg) levels on protein turnover in the small intestine and the expression of genes related to protein synthesis and proteolysis of laying hens. Xinyang Black commercial laying hens (n = 864, aged 217 d) were randomly distributed to 6 treatments with 4 replicates of 36 birds. The dietary treatments were corn-corn gluten meal based diets containing 0.64, 0.86, 1.03, 1.27, 1.42 and 1.66% L-Arg, respectively. Fractional protein synthesis rate (FSR) and fractional protein gain rate (FGR) in the jejunum were the highest in the 1...
March 9, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339994/a-longitudinal-cohort-study-of-the-anti-synthetase-syndrome-increased-severity-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-black-patients-and-patients-with-anti-pl7-and-anti-pl12-autoantibodies
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Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Maria Casal-Dominguez, Julio A Huapaya, Jemima Albayda, Julie J Paik, Cheilonda Johnson, Leann Silhan, Lisa Christopher-Stine, Andrew L Mammen, Sonye K Danoff
Objective.: The aim was to study the prevalence, rate of appearance and severity of clinical features in patients with different anti-synthetase syndrome (ASyS) autoantibodies. Methods.: All Johns Hopkins Myositis Longitudinal Cohort subjects positive for any ASyS autoantibodies were included. Clinical information, including symptoms, signs, strength, creatine kinase concentrations and pulmonary function tests, were prospectively collected. The standardized mortality and cancer rates and the rate of appearance and intensity of the different organ manifestations were assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis and compared between ASyS autoantibodies...
March 4, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339824/a-phase-i-trial-of-the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-azd6244-in-pediatric-patients-with-recurrent-or-refractory-low-grade-glioma-a-pediatric-brain-tumor-consortium-pbtc-study
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Anuradha Banerjee, Regina I Jakacki, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Shengjie Wu, Theodore Nicolaides, Tina Young Poussaint, Jason Fangusaro, Joanna Phillips, Arie Perry, David Turner, Michael Prados, Roger J Packer, Ibrahim Qaddoumi, Sridharan Gururangan, Ian F Pollack, Stewart Goldman, Lawrence A Doyle, Clinton F Stewart, James M Boyett, Larry E Kun, Maryam Fouladi
Background.: Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway is important for growth of pediatric low-grade gliomas (LGGs). The aim of this study was to determine the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) and the dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) of the MEK inhibitor selumetinib in children with progressive LGG. Methods.: Selumetinib was administered orally starting at 33 mg/m2/dose b.i.d., using the modified continual reassessment method. Pharmacokinetic analysis was performed during the first course...
February 28, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339780/adverse-kidney-effects-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitors
#12
Hassan Izzedine, Mark A Perazella
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is implicated in various malignancies. The past decade has seen the development and widespread use of EGFR inhibitors for the successful treatment of such cancers. Available EGFR inhibitors include small molecule tyrosine-kinase inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies. Class-related renal adverse events result in dual toxicity including tubular/electrolyte disorders and glomerulopathies. Tubular injury is common and mainly due to monoclonal antibodies while glomerulopathy is rare and related to various anti-EGFR agents...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339723/leveraging-molecular-datasets-for-biomarker-based-clinical-trial-design-in-glioblastoma
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Shyam K Tanguturi, Lorenzo Trippa, Shakti H Ramkissoon, Kristine Pelton, David Knoff, David Sandak, Neal I Lindeman, Azra H Ligon, Rameen Beroukhim, Giovanni Parmigiani, Patrick Y Wen, Keith L Ligon, Brian M Alexander
Background.: Biomarkers can improve clinical trial efficiency, but designing and interpreting biomarker-driven trials require knowledge of relationships among biomarkers, clinical covariates, and endpoints. We investigated these relationships across genomic subgroups of glioblastoma (GBM) within our institution (DF/BWCC), validated results in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and demonstrated potential impacts on clinical trial design and interpretation. Methods.: We identified genotyped patients at DF/BWCC, and clinical associations across 4 common GBM genomic biomarker groups were compared along with overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and survival post-progression (SPP)...
February 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339712/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-treatment-on-plasma-lipid-profile-and-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-hetian-broiler
#14
Z Xie, J Zhang, S Ma, X Huang, Y Huang
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether adding a Chinese herbal hedicine (CHM, including astragalus membranaceus, codonopsis pilosula, poria cocos, bighead atractylodes rhizome, fructus crataegi, folium epimedii, radix saposhnikoviae, and pericarpium citri reticulatae) diet has effects on lipid metabolism in the liver of the broiler. Six-hundred-thirty Hetian broilers were divided into 3 groups including base diet (control), 0.3%, or 1% CHM diets, for 130 days. The results showed that CHM treatment significantly increased the slaughter performance...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339693/neuronal-signaling-repertoire-in-the-mammalian-sperm-functionality
#15
Alfredo Ramírez-Reveco, Franz Villarroel-Espíndola, Joan E Rodríguez-Gil, Ilona I Concha
The common embryonic origin has been a recurrent explanation to understand the presence of "neural receptors" in sperm. However, this designation has conditioned a bias marked by the classical neurotransmission model, dismissing the possibility that neurotransmitters can play specific roles in the sperm function by themselves. For instance, the launching of acrosome reaction, a fundamental sperm function, includes several steps that recall the process of presynaptic secretion. Unlike of postsynaptic neuron, whose activation is mediated by molecular interaction between neurotransmitter and postsynaptic receptors, the oocyte activation is not mediated by receptors, but by cytosolic translocation of sperm phospholipase (PLCζ)...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339691/z-guggulsterone-produces-antidepressant-like-effects-in-mice-through-activation-of-the-bdnf-signaling-pathway
#16
Chao Huang, Wen-Feng Hu, Ji-Li Wang, Peng Wang, Yu Gong, Li-Juan Tong, Bo Jiang, Wei Zhang, Yi-Bin Qin, Zhuo Chen, Rong-Rong Yang
Background: Z-guggulsterone, an active compound extracted from the gum resin of the tree commiphora mukul, has been shown to improve animal memory deficits via activating the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling pathway. Here, we investigated the antidepressant-like effect of Z-guggulsterone in a chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) mouse model of depression. Methods: The effects of Z-guggulsterone were assessed in mice tail suspension test (TST), forced swimming test (FST)...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339658/acute-cell-volume-regulation-by-janus-kinase-2-mediated-sodium-hydrogen-exchange-activation-develops-at-the-late-one-cell-stage-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryos%C3%A2
#17
Baozeng Xu, Chenxi Zhou, Megan Meredith, Jay M Baltz
Early preimplantation embryos are extremely sensitive to dysregulation of cell volume, which can lead to developmental arrest. It was previously shown that mouse embryos at the two-cell stage respond to a cell volume decrease by quickly activating Na+/H+ exchange via a signaling mechanism that involves the tyrosine kinase Janus kinase 2 (JAK2). However, it was not known whether this mechanism is active at the one-cell stage, when embryos are most sensitive to perturbed cell volume. Na+/H+ exchanger activity elicited by an induced cell volume decrease was significantly lower at the mid one-cell stage than at the late one-cell stage or during the two-cell stage...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339614/integrin-linked-kinase-regulates-syncytialization-of-bewo-trophoblast-cells%C3%A2
#18
Trina M Butler, Justin A Pater, Daniel J MacPhee
During placental development, mononuclear villous cytotrophoblast cells differentiate and fuse with the overlying syncytiotrophoblast. This process requires the dissolution of E-cadherin (CDH1)-containing adherens junctions in cytotrophoblast. Integrin linked kinase (ILK) can downregulate CDH1 through poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) and Snail-1 (SNAI1) during epithelial-mesenchymal transition. ILK is known to be expressed in cytotrophoblast; thus, the role of a potential ILK-PARP1-SNAI1 pathway in aiding trophoblast syncytialization via the downregulation of CDH1 was examined...
January 27, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339557/deficiency-of-circulating-progenitor-cells-associated-with-vascular-thrombosis-of-hemodialysis-patients
#19
Mu-Yang Hsieh, Tsung-Yan Chen, Lin Lin, Shao-Yuan Chuang, Shing-Jong Lin, Der-Cheng Tarng, Po-Hsun Huang, Chih-Cheng Wu
Background.: Hemodialysis (HD) patients have an increased risk of thrombosis. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which function in vascular repair, are deficient in HD patients. Nonetheless, the relationship between EPC deficiency and thrombosis in HD patients is unknown. Methods.: From January 2010 to December 2012, circulating levels of EPCs that were positive for CD34 and kinase insert domain receptor (KDR) were measured in 269 HD patients. Patients received prospective follow-ups at 6-month intervals until May 2015...
January 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339541/vitamin-d-suppresses-oxidative-stress-induced-microparticle-release-by-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#20
Xiuyue Jia, Jie Xu, Yang Gu, Xin Gu, Weimin Li, Yuping Wang
Endothelial microparticle (MP) release was increased in numerous cardiovascular diseases including preeclampsia. Oxidative stress is a potent inducer of endothelial dysfunction. In this study, we aimed to investigate if vitamin D could protect endothelial cells (ECs) from MP release induced by oxidative stress. Endothelial cell (from human umbilical vein) oxidative stress was induced by cultivation of cells under lowered oxygen condition (2%O2) for 48 h and cells cultured under standard condition (21%O2) served as control...
December 27, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
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