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Carla S Andrews, Shingo Matsuyama, Byung-Cheol Lee, Jian-Dong Li
Upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) affect more than one-half billion people globally and are characterized by chronic inflammation that is often exacerbated by respiratory pathogens such as nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi). The increasing numbers of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains and the limited success of currently available pharmaceuticals used to manage the symptoms of these diseases present an urgent need for the development of novel anti-inflammatory therapeutic agents...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hong Seok Kim, Sina Tavakoli, Leigh Ann Piefer, Huynh Nga Nguyen, Reto Asmis
Diabetes promotes the S-glutathionylation, inactivation and subsequent degradation of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) in blood monocytes, and hematopoietic MKP-1-deficiency in atherosclerosis-prone mice accelerates atherosclerotic lesion formation, but the underlying mechanisms were not known. Our aim was to determine the mechanisms through which MKP-1 deficiency in monocytes and macrophages promotes atherogenesis. Transplantation of MKP-1-deficient bone marrow into LDL-R(-/-) (MKP-1LeuKO) mice accelerated high-fat diet (HFD)-induced atherosclerotic lesion formation...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yun Ji, Zhaolai Dai, Guoyao Wu, Zhenlong Wu
Excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) induces oxidative damage to cellular constituents, ultimately leading to induction of apoptotic cell death and the pathogenesis of various diseases. The molecular mechanisms for the action of ROS in intestinal diseases remain poorly defined. Here, we reported that 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE) treatment led to capses-3-dependent apoptosis accompanied by increased intracellular ROS level and reduced glutathione concentration in intestinal epithelial cells. These effects of 4-HNE were markedly abolished by the antioxidant L-cysteine derivative N-acetylcysteine (NAC)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Raul Rincon, Sandra Zazo, Cristina Chamizo, Rebeca Manso, Paula González-Alonso, Ester Martin-Aparicio, Ion Cristobal, Carmen Cañadas, Rosario Perona, Ana Lluch, Pilar Eroles, Jesus Garcia-Foncillas, Joan Albanell, Ana Rovira, Juan Madoz-Gurpide, Federico Rojo
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphatase-1 (MKP-1) is overexpressed during malignant transformation of the breast in many patients, and it is usually associated with chemoresistance through interference with JNK-driven apoptotic pathways. Although the molecular settings of the mechanism have been documented, details about the contribution of MKP-1 to the failure of chemotherapeutic interventions are unclear. Transient overexpression of MKP-1 and treatment with JNK-modulating agents in breast carcinoma cells confirmed the mediation of MKP-1 in the resistance to taxanes and anthracyclines in breast cancer, through the inactivation of JNK½...
September 6, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Yi-Ning Chao, David Sun, Yen-Chun Peng, Yuh-Lin Wu
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) are two important inflammatory mediators in ovulation. Ghrelin may modulate inflammatory signaling via growth hormone secretagogue receptors. We investigated the role of ghrelin in KGN human ovarian granulosa cells using protein kinase C (PKC) activator phorbol 12, 13-didecanoate (PDD) and synthetic ghrelin analog growth hormone releasing peptide-2 (GHRP-2). GHRP-2 attenuated PDD-induced expression of protein and mRNA, the promoter activity of COX-2 and IL-8 genes, and the secretion of prostaglandin E2 (PGE₂) and IL-8...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Anuhya S Konduru, Byung-Cheol Lee, Jian-Dong Li
Otitis media (OM) is the most common childhood bacterial infection, and leading cause of conductive hearing loss. Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is a major bacterial pathogen for OM. OM characterized by the presence of overactive inflammatory responses is due to the aberrant production of inflammatory mediators including C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 5 (CXCL5). The molecular mechanism underlying induction of CXCL5 by NTHi is unknown. Here we show that NTHi up-regulates CXCL5 expression by activating IKKβ-IκBα and p38 MAPK pathways via NF-κB nuclear translocation-dependent and -independent mechanism in middle ear epithelial cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Christopher J Caunt, Andrew M Kidger, Stephen M Keyse
The spatiotemporal regulation of the Ras/ERK pathway is critical in determining the physiological and pathophysiological outcome of signaling. Dual-specificity mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphatases (DUSPs or MKPs) are key regulators of pathway activity and may also localize ERK to distinct subcellular locations. Here we present methods largely based on the use of high content microscopy to both visualize and quantitate the subcellular distribution of activated (p-ERK) and total ERK in populations of mouse embryonic fibroblasts derived from mice lacking DUSP5, a nuclear ERK-specific MKP...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Md Mostafizur Rahman, Pavan Prabhala, Nowshin N Rumzhum, Brijeshkumar S Patel, Thomas Wickop, Philip M Hansbro, Nicole M Verrills, Alaina J Ammit
Corticosteroids are effective anti-inflammatory therapies widely utilized in chronic respiratory diseases. But these medicines can lose their efficacy during respiratory infection resulting in disease exacerbation. Further in vitro research is required to understand how infection worsens lung function control in order to advance therapeutic options to treat infectious exacerbation in the future. In this study, we utilize a cellular model of bacterial exacerbation where we pretreat A549 lung epithelial cells with the synthetic bacterial lipoprotein Pam3CSK4 (a TLR2 ligand) to mimic bacterial infection and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) to simulate inflammation...
September 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Juan Wang, Jun-Ying Zhou, Dhonghyo Kho, John J Reiners, Gen Sheng Wu
Accumulating evidence suggests that mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) regulate macroautophagy/autophagy. However, the involvement of dual-specificity protein phosphatases (DUSPs), endogenous inhibitors for MAPKs, in autophagy remains to be determined. Here we report that DUSP1/MKP-1, the founding member of the DUSP family, plays a critical role in regulating autophagy. Specifically, we demonstrate that DUSP1 knockdown by shRNA in human ovarian cancer CAOV3 cells and knockout in murine embryonic fibroblasts, increases both basal and rapamycin-increased autophagic flux...
October 2, 2016: Autophagy
Jin Young Lee, Kyung-Rok Yu, Hyung-Sik Kim, Insung Kang, Jae-Jun Kim, Byung-Chul Lee, Soon Won Choi, Ji-Hee Shin, Yoojin Seo, Kyung-Sun Kang
For the application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as clinical therapeutics, the regulation of cellular aging is important to protect hMSCs from an age-associated decline in their function. In this study, we evaluated the effects of hypoxia on cellular senescence and the immunomodulatory abilities of hUCB-MSCs. Hypoxic-cultured hUCB-MSCs showed enhanced proliferation and had increased immunosuppressive effects on mitogen-induced mononuclear cell proliferation. We found that BMI1, a member of the polycomb repressive complex protein group, showed increased expression in hypoxic-cultured hUCB-MSCs, and the further knock-down of BMI1 in hypoxic cells induced decreased proliferative and immunomodulatory abilities in hUCB-MSCs, along with COX-2/PGE2 down-regulation...
August 2016: Aging
Jorge Lloberas, Lorena Valverde-Estrella, Juan Tur, Tania Vico, Antonio Celada
Macrophages are necessary in multiple processes during the immune response or inflammation. This review emphasizes the critical role of the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and mitogen kinase phosphatase-1 (MKP-1) in the functional activities of macrophages. While the phosphorylation of MAPKs is required for macrophage activation or proliferation, MKP-1 dephosphorylates these kinases, thus playing a balancing role in the control of macrophage behavior. MKP-1 is a nuclear-localized dual-specificity phosphatase whose expression is regulated at multiple levels, including at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional level...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Cristina Paz, Fabiana Cornejo Maciel, Alejandra Gorostizaga, Ana F Castillo, M Mercedes Mori Sequeiros García, Paula M Maloberti, Ulises D Orlando, Pablo G Mele, Cecilia Poderoso, Ernesto J Podesta
In adrenocortical cells, adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) promotes the activation of several protein kinases. The action of these kinases is linked to steroid production, mainly through steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR), whose expression and activity are dependent on protein phosphorylation events at genomic and non-genomic levels. Hormone-dependent mitochondrial dynamics and cell proliferation are functions also associated with protein kinases. On the other hand, protein tyrosine dephosphorylation is an additional component of the ACTH signaling pathway, which involves the "classical" protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs), such as Src homology domain (SH) 2-containing PTP (SHP2c), and members of the MAP kinase phosphatase (MKP) family, such as MKP-1...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Gorana Veinović, Eva Ružić-Sabljić, Franc Strle, Tjaša Cerar
Lyme borreliosis is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, a fastidious bacterium that replicates slowly and requires special conditions to grow in the laboratory. Borrelia isolation from clinical material is a golden standard for microbiological diagnosis of borrelial infection. Important factors that affect in vitro borrelia growth are temperature of incubation and number of borrelia cells in the sample. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of temperature on borrelia growth and survival by evaluation and comparison of growth of 31 different borrelia strains at five different temperatures and to determine the influence of different inoculums on borrelia growth at different temperatures...
2016: PloS One
Chad Sanada, Juliana Xavier-Ferrucio, Yi-Chien Lu, Elizabeth Min, Ping-Xia Zhang, Siying Zou, Elaine Kang, Meng Zhang, Gazelle Zerafati, Patrick G Gallagher, Diane S Krause
Bipotent megakaryocyte/erythroid progenitors (MEPs) give rise to progeny limited to the megakaryocyte (Mk) and erythroid (E) lineages. We developed a novel dual-detection functional in vitro colony-forming unit (CFU) assay for single cells that differentiates down both the Mk and E lineages (CFU-Mk/E), which allowed development and validation of a novel purification strategy for the identification and quantitation of primary functional human MEPs from granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-mobilized peripheral blood and bone marrow...
August 18, 2016: Blood
Hao Wang, Yang Yu, Zheng Jiang, Wen-Ming Cao, Zhenyu Wang, Jun Dou, Yanling Zhao, Yunfu Cui, Hong Zhang
Doxorubicin (Dox), one of the most effective chemotherapy drug for cancer treatment, is limited by its severe side effects and chemoresistance. Dox induces DNA damage and leads to significant proteomic changes in the cancer cells, which makes the ubiquitin-proteasome system a potential target to enhance the efficacy of Dox therapy. The unsuccessful clinical trials of proteasome inhibitor PS-341 (bortezomib) in solid tumors led to the invention of MLN9708 (ixazomib), an orally bioavailable next-generation proteasome inhibitor with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic features...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hyunmi Kim, Joo Hong Woo, Jee Hoon Lee, Eun-Hye Joe, Ilo Jou
MAP kinase phosphatase (MKP)-1 plays a pivotal role in controlling MAP kinase (MAPK)-dependent (patho) physiological processes. Although MKP-1 gene expression is tightly regulated at multiple levels, the underlying mechanistic details remain largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that MKP-1 expression is regulated at the post-transcriptional level by 22(R)-hydroxycholesterol [22(R)-HC] through a novel mechanism. 22(R)-HC induces Hu antigen R (HuR) phosphorylation, cytoplasmic translocation and binding to MKP-1 mRNA, resulting in stabilization of MKP-1 mRNA...
August 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Mi-Jeong Lee, Rong-Ze Yang, Kalypso Karastergiou, Steven R Smith, Jeffery R Chang, Da-Wei Gong, Susan K Fried
The glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ), a primary target of glucocorticoids, is expressed in human adipocytes, but its importance in adipocyte function is unknown. Because TNFα is increased in obese adipose tissue and antagonizes a number of glucocorticoid actions, we investigated the interplay of these pathways. GILZ knockdown increased and GILZ overexpression decreased interleukin-6 (IL-6) and leptin mRNA and protein secretion. GILZ knockdown increased the magnitude of the glucocorticoid effect on leptin secretion, but did not affect the glucocorticoid suppression of IL-6...
July 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Lei Zhao, B O Jiang, Dong Wang, Wei Liu, Huawu Zhang, Weisheng Liu, Zhen Qiu
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of malignant bone tumor found in adolescents and young adults. The aim of the present study was to determine whether triptolide, a diterpene epoxide extracted from the Tripterygium plant, was able effectively decrease the viability of osteosarcoma cells. The underlying molecular mechanisms are also investigated. The human osteosarcoma cell lines U-2 OS and MG-63 were used in this study. The U-2 OS and MG-63 cells were treated with 0, 5, 10, 25 or 50 nM triptolide. Cells treated with dimethyl sulfoxide only were used as the no drug treatment control...
May 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Debi Prasad Das, Dilip Kumar Pal
Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) and malakoplakia (MKP) are chronic inflammatory condition of kidney characterized by infiltration of inflammatory cells. We are presenting a rare case of concomitant XGP and MKP in the same kidney. This signifies that the two are different spectrums of the same disease process.
April 2016: Urology Annals
Nowshin N Rumzhum, Alaina J Ammit
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a prostanoid with diverse actions in health and disease. In chronic respiratory diseases driven by inflammation, PGE2 has both positive and negative effects. An enhanced understanding of the receptor-mediated cellular signalling pathways induced by PGE2 may help us separate the beneficial properties from unwanted actions of this important prostaglandin. PGE2 is known to exert anti-inflammatory and bronchoprotective actions in human airways. To date however, whether PGE2 increases production of the anti-inflammatory protein MAPK phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) was unknown...
July 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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