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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
#1
Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449373/biophysical-analysis-of-the-dynamics-of-calmodulin-interactions-with-neurogranin-and-ca2-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii
#2
Christian Seeger, Vladimir O Talibov, U Helena Danielson
Calmodulin (CaM) functions depend on interactions with CaM-binding proteins, regulated by Ca2+. Induced structural changes influence the affinity, kinetics, and specificities of the interactions. The dynamics of CaM interactions with neurogranin (Ng) and the CaM-binding region of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII290-309 ) have been studied using biophysical methods. These proteins have opposite Ca2+ dependencies for CaM binding. Surface plasmon resonance biosensor analysis confirmed that Ca2+ and CaM interact very rapidly, and with moderate affinity ( KDSPR=3μM)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449240/bmp-signaling-in-pulmonary-hypertension-advances-and-therapeutic-implications
#3
Kai Yang, Jian Wang, Wenju Lu
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-mediated signaling pathway plays critical roles in pulmonary hypertension (PH) development and progression. The typical BMP signaling mostly involve BMP ligands, specific transmembrane serine/threonine kinase receptors, cellular responsive kinases and secreted antagonists. As more and more studies have been conducted, the specific protective or pathogenic roles of these molecules within all these subgroups of BMP signaling have been continuously uncovered. Based on these evidences, specific strategies have been designed by targeting these factors as novel treatment approach against PH...
April 27, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448983/intrauterine-growth-restriction-alters-the-postnatal-development-of-the-rat-cerebellum
#4
Annie R A McDougall, Vanny Wiradjaja, Aminath Azhan, Anqi Li, Nadia Hale, Mary E Wlodek, Stuart B Hooper, Megan J Wallace, Mary Tolcos
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a major cause of antenatal brain injury. We aimed to characterize cerebellar deficits following IUGR and to investigate the potential underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. At embryonic day 18, pregnant rats underwent either sham surgery (controls; n = 23) or bilateral uterine vessel ligation to restrict blood flow to fetuses (IUGR; n = 20). Offspring were collected at postnatal day 2 (P2), P7, and P35. Body weights were reduced at P2, P7, and P35 in IUGR offspring (p < 0...
April 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448910/exposure-to-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-at-late-gestation-modulates-placental-signaling-molecules-in-the-mouse-model
#5
Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Lai K Leung
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants generally employed in manufacturing household items. Surface water may remove and carry these chemicals to the drainage upon disposal of the items, and ultimately the chemicals enter our food chain. 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is a PBDE congener commonly found in contaminated seafood. The placenta is the site of nutrient exchange and is responsible for reproductive hormone secretion during pregnancy. In the present study, pregnant ICR mice were given p...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448873/osthole-attenuates-lipid-accumulation-regulates-the-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-increases-antioxidants-in-fl83b-cells
#6
Wen-Chung Huang, Po-Chen Liao, Chun-Hsun Huang, Sindy Hu, Shih-Chun Huang, Shu-Ju Wu
Osthole is found in Cnidium monnieri (L.) and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. It also inhibits the proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. This study aimed to evaluate the osthole suppressive nonalcoholic fatty liver disease effects in oleic acid (OA)-induced hepatic steatosis and if it can modulate inflammatory responses and oxidative stress. FL83B cells were pretreated with OA (250μΜ) for 24h, and then added different concentrations of osthole (3-100μM) for 24h. Subsequently, lipolysis and transcription factors of adipogenesis and phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase proteins were measured...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448849/regulation-of-the-human-papillomavirus-type-16-late-promoter-by-transcriptional-elongation
#7
William K Songock, Matthew L Scott, Jason M Bodily
Transcripts from the late promoter of human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) are upregulated upon host cell differentiation. Differentiation-dependent transcript regulation is thought to sequester viral antigens in the uppermost epithelial layers, facilitating immune evasion. The mechanisms regulating late promoter upregulation during differentiation are poorly characterized. We show that the late promoter is upregulated at the transcriptional level and that the viral enhancer stimulates promoter activity. Using kinase inhibition and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis, we show evidence for differentiation-dependent enhancement of transcript elongation...
April 24, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448822/hssb1-phosphorylation-is-dynamically-regulated-by-dna-pk-and-ppp-family-protein-phosphatases
#8
Nicholas W Ashton, Nicolas Paquet, Sally L Shirran, Emma Bolderson, Ruvini Kariawasam, Christine Touma, Azadeh Fallahbaghery, Roland Gamsjaeger, Liza Cubeddu, Catherine Botting, Pamela M Pollock, Kenneth J O'Byrne, Derek J Richard
The maintenance of genomic stability is essential for cellular viability and the prevention of diseases such as cancer. Human single-stranded DNA-binding protein 1 (hSSB1) is a protein with roles in the stabilisation and restart of stalled DNA replication forks, as well as in the repair of oxidative DNA lesions and double-strand DNA breaks. In the latter process, phosphorylation of threonine 117 by the ATM kinase is required for hSSB1 stability and efficient DNA repair. The regulation of hSSB1 in other DNA repair pathways has however remained unclear...
April 6, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448532/a-selected-reaction-monitoring-mass-spectrometric-assessment-of-biomarker-candidates-diagnosing-large-cell-neuroendocrine-lung-carcinoma-by-the-scaling-method-using-endogenous-references
#9
Tetsuya Fukuda, Masaharu Nomura, Yasufumi Kato, Hiromasa Tojo, Kiyonaga Fujii, Toshitaka Nagao, Yasuhiko Bando, Thomas E Fehniger, György Marko-Varga, Haruhiko Nakamura, Harubumi Kato, Toshihide Nishimura
Selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry (SRM-MS) -based semi-quantitation was performed to assess the validity of 46 selected candidate proteins for specifically diagnosing large-cell neuroendocrine lung carcinoma (LCNEC) and differentiating it from other lung cancer subtypes. The scaling method was applied in this study using specific SRM peak areas (AUCs) derived from the endogenous reference protein that normalizes all SRM AUCs obtained for the candidate proteins. In a screening verification study, we found that seven out of the 46 candidate proteins were statistically significant for the LCNEC phenotype, including 4F2hc cell surface antigen heavy chain (4F2hc/CD98) (p-ANOVA ≤ 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448522/nestin-expression-is-upregulated-in-the-fibrotic-rat-heart-and-is-localized-in-collagen-expressing-mesenchymal-cells-and-interstitial-cd31-cells
#10
Vanessa Hertig, Kim Tardif, Marc Andre Meus, Natacha Duquette, Louis Villeneuve, Fanny Toussaint, Jonathan Ledoux, Angelino Calderone
Renal and lung fibrosis was characterized by the accumulation of collagen-immunoreactive mesenchymal cells expressing the intermediate filament protein nestin. The present study tested the hypothesis that nestin expression was increased in the hypertrophied/fibrotic left ventricle of suprarenal abdominal aorta constricted adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and induced in ventricular fibroblasts by pro-fibrotic peptide growth factors. Nestin protein levels were upregulated in the pressure-overloaded left ventricle and expression positively correlated with the rise of mean arterial pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448514/a-new-gtf2i-braf-fusion-mediating-mapk-pathway-activation-in-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#11
Tajana Tešan Tomić, Josefin Olausson, Annica Wilzén, Magnus Sabel, Katarina Truvé, Helene Sjögren, Sándor Dósa, Magnus Tisell, Birgitta Lannering, Fredrik Enlund, Tommy Martinsson, Pierre Åman, Frida Abel
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric brain tumor. A recurrent feature of PA is deregulation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway most often through KIAA1549-BRAF fusion, but also by other BRAF- or RAF1-gene fusions and point mutations (e.g. BRAFV600E). These features may serve as diagnostic and prognostic markers, and also facilitate development of targeted therapy. The aims of this study were to characterize the genetic alterations underlying the development of PA in six tumor cases, and evaluate methods for fusion oncogene detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448446/renalase-protects-against-renal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-the-erk-signaling-pathways
#12
Yiru Wu, Liyan Wang, Dai Deng, Qidong Zhang, Wenhu Liu
Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common pathway for the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease. Renalase, acting as a signaling molecule, has been reported to have cardiovascular and renal protective effects. However, its role in renal fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of renalase in rats with complete unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and examined the inhibitory effects of renalase on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human proximal renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448439/ykl-40-induced-inhibition-of-mir-590-3p-promotes-interleukin-18-expression-and-angiogenesis-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells
#13
Te-Mao Li, Shan-Chi Liu, Ya-Hsin Huang, Chien-Chung Huang, Chin-Jung Hsu, Chun-Hao Tsai, Shih-Wei Wang, Chih-Hsin Tang
YKL-40, also known as human cartilage glycoprotein-39 or chitinase-3-like-1, is a pro-inflammatory protein that is highly expressed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Angiogenesis is a critical step in the pathogenesis of RA, promoting the infiltration of inflammatory cells into joints and providing oxygen and nutrients to RA pannus. In this study, we examined the effects of YKL-40 in the production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-18 (IL-18), and the stimulation of angiogenesis and accumulation of osteoblasts...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448438/antiplatelet-activity-of-a-newly-synthesized-novel-ruthenium-ii-a-potential-role-for-akt-jnk-signaling
#14
Themmila Khamrang, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Cheng-Ying Hsieh, Marappan Velusamy, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
In oncotherapy, ruthenium complexes are considered as potential alternatives for platinum compounds, and have been proved as promising anticancer drugs with high efficacy and lesser side effects. Platelet activation plays a major role in cancer metastasis and progression. Hence, this study explored the effect of a newly synthesized ruthenium complex, [Ru(η⁶-cymene)(L)Cl]BF₄(TQ5), where L = 4-phenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-quinazoline), on human platelet activation. TQ5 (3-5 µM) inhibited concentration-dependent collagen-induced platelet aggregation in washed human platelets...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448171/novel-investigational-drugs-active-as-single-agents-in-multiple-myeloma
#15
Mattia D'Agostino, Marco Salvini, Antonio Palumbo, Alessandra Larocca, Francesca Gay
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a hematologic malignancy characterized by proliferation of malignant plasma cells. Patient outcome has improved markedly over the last decades due to the introduction of novel therapeutic agents such as bortezomib, thalidomide and lenalidomide. However, MM still remains largely incurable and patients eventually become refractory to available treatments. To address this unmet medical need, a variety of new molecules are currently being developed in preclinical models and/or are being investigated in clinical studies...
April 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447936/ppp1r15a-mediated-dephosphorylation-of-eif2%C3%AE-is-unaffected-by-sephin1-or-guanabenz
#16
Ana Crespillo-Casado, Joseph E Chambers, Peter M Fischer, Stefan J Marciniak, David Ron
Dephosphorylation of translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α) terminates signalling in the mammalian integrated stress response (ISR) and has emerged as a promising target for modifying the course of protein misfolding diseases. The [(o-chlorobenzylidene)amino]guanidines (Guanabenz and Sephin1) have been proposed to exert protective effects against misfolding by interfering with eIF2α-P dephosphorylation through selective disruption of a PP1-PPP1R15A holophosphatase complex. Surprisingly, they proved inert in vitro affecting neither stability of the PP1-PPP1R15A complex nor substrate-specific dephosphorylation...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447863/lysophosphatidic-acid-and-amitriptyline-signal-through-lpa1r-to-reduce-p-glycoprotein-transport-at-the-blood-brain-barrier
#17
David B Banks, Gary Ny Chan, Rebecca A Evans, David S Miller, Ronald E Cannon
The blood-brain barrier is a microvascular network that (1) provides neuroprotection from metabolic and environmental toxins and (2) limits the delivery of therapeutics to the central nervous system (CNS). The ATP-binding cassette transporter P-glycoprotein contributes to the latter by actively pumping clinical substrates back into circulation before they can reach the brain parenchyma. Targeting P-glycoprotein has proven effective in increasing the delivery of therapeutics to their cerebral targets. We provide a novel mechanism to achieve this end in functioning, intact rat brain capillaries, whereby the bioactive phospholipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) amitriptyline reduce basal P-glycoprotein transport activity through a distinct lysophosphatidic acid 1 receptor-mediated signaling cascade that requires G-protein coupling, Src kinase, and ERK 1/2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447764/sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-pregnant-rats-negatively-affects-nerve-function-in-offspring-potentially-via-inhibition-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#18
Yiyao Wang, Yu Li, Qunzhi Xing, Xuechan G Han, Xu Dong, Yiping Lu, Mintao Zhou
Due to the rapid development of medical technology used to perform intrauterine procedures during pregnancy, the number of patients receiving fetal surgery under general anesthesia is increasing. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of anesthetics on the offspring of rats, and to identify the potential mechanisms underlying these effects. On day 14 of pregnancy, Sprague‑Dawley rats were equally divided into the following 3 groups (n=9): Control group (n=3), 3% sevoflurane group (n=3) and 4% sevoflurane group (n=3)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447762/inhibition-of-aldose-reductase-ameliorates-ethanol%C3%A2-induced-steatosis-in-hepg2-cells
#19
Longxin Qiu, Chengchao Cai, Xiangqian Zhao, Yan Fang, Weibiao Tang, Chang Guo
Aldose reductase (AR) expression is increased in liver tissue of patients with ethanol‑induced liver disease. However, the exact role of AR in the development of ethanol‑induced liver disease has yet to be elucidated. The present study aimed to determine the effect of an AR inhibitor on ethanol‑induced steatosis in HepG2 cells and to identify possible underlying molecular mechanisms. Steatosis was induced in HepG2 cells by stimulating cells with 100 mM absolute ethanol for 48 h. Oil Red O staining was used to detect the lipid droplet accumulation in cells...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447748/tenascin-c-expression-and-its-associated-pathway-in-bmscs-following-co-culture-with-mechanically-stretched-ligament-fibroblasts
#20
Bing Zhao, Mengcai Hu, Huiyan Wu, Chenchen Ren, Jianshe Wang, Shihong Cui
The occurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is closely associated with alterations in the extracellular matrix proteins of the supporting ligament. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have the potential to differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts, chondroblasts and adipocytes. Therefore, BMSCs have the potential to improve the clinical outcomes of POP. Tenascin‑C is a large glycoprotein that is present in the ECM and is involved in morphogenetic movements, and tissue patterning and repair...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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