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Yunwu Wang, Yu Xu, Wei Yan, Ping Han, Jingmei Liu, Jin Gong, Dongxiao Li, Xiangming Ding, Han Wang, Zhuoying Lin, Dean Tian, Jiazhi Liao
Alternative polyadenylation (APA), a post-transcriptional modification, has been implicated in many diseases, but especially in tumor proliferation. CFIm25, the 25 kDa subunit of human cleavage factor Im (CFIm), is a key factor in APA. We show that CFIm25 expression is reduced in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and its expression correlates with metastasis. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that CFIm25 is related to overall survival in HCC. Moreover, CFIm25 expression is negatively related to the metastatic potential of HCC cell lines...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Yong Cui, Xiaoting Li, Shunyu Gao, Zhongwu Li, Yanling Li, Ming Lu, Yingshi Sun
Objective: To determine the capability of dynamic enhanced computed tomography (CT) to differentiate liver metastases (LMs) of well-differentiated from poorly-differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (GEP-NENs). Methods: Patients with LMs of GEP-NENs who underwent dynamic enhanced CT examination in Peking University Cancer Hospital from January 2009 to October 2015 were included and data were retrospectively analyzed. We assessed the qualitative and quantitative CT features to identify the significant differentiating CT features of LMs of poorly-differentiated GEP-NENs from those of well-differentiated GEP-NENs using univariate analysis and a multivariate logistic regression model...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Xiumei Che, Ki Cheong Park, Soo Jung Park, You Hyun Kang, Hyun A Jin, Joo Wan Kim, Dong Hyuk Seo, Dae Kyu Kim, Tae Il Kim, Won Ho Kim, Seung Won Kim, Jae Hee Cheon
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (TREM-1)-expressing intestinal macrophages are significantly increased in the colons of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We focused here on the effects of guggulsterone on macrophage modulation in colitis as a potential therapeutic molecule in human IBD and explore the underlying mechanisms. Gene expression in macrophages was examined and wound healing assay using HT-29 cells was performed. Colitis in wild type and IL-10-, TLR4-, and MyD88-deficient mice was induced via the administration of 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) into the colon...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Mona Dawood, Sami Hamdoun, Thomas Efferth
Arsenic trioxide is a traditional remedy in Chinese Medicine since ages. Nowadays, it is clinically used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) by targeting PML/RARA. However, the drug's activity is broader and the mechanisms of action in other tumor types remain unclear. In this study, we investigated molecular modes of action by classical and network pharmacological approaches. CEM/ADR5000 resistance leukemic cells were similar sensitive to As2 O3 as their wild-type counterpart CCRF-CEM (resistance ratio: 1...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Liv Weichien Chen, Feng-Cheng Liu, Li-Feng Hung, Chuan-Yueh Huang, Shiu-Bii Lien, Leou-Chyr Lin, Jenn-Haung Lai, Ling-Jun Ho
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and primarily affects older people. The ideal anti-OA drug should have a modest anti-inflammatory effect and only limited or no toxicity for long-term use. Because the antitussive medication dextromethorphan (DXM) is protective in atherosclerosis and neurological diseases, two common disorders in aged people, we examined whether DXM can be protective in pro-inflammatory cytokine-stimulated chondrocytes and in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) animal model in this study...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jeehoon Kang, Jung-Kyu Han, Youngkeun Ahn, Shung Chull Chae, Young Jo Kim, In-Ho Chae, Seung-Ho Hur, In-Whan Seong, Jei-Keon Chae, Myeong Chan Cho, Ki-Bae Seung, Myung Ho Jeong, Han-Mo Yang, Kyung Woo Park, Hyun-Jae Kang, Bon-Kwon Koo, Hyo-Soo Kim
Third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel, ticagrelor) are recommended in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors in East Asian AMI patients. From the Korean AMI Registry, 9,355 patients who received dual antiplatelet agent (aspirin with clopidogrel [AC], 6,444 [70.5%] patients; aspirin with prasugrel [AP], 1,100 [11.8%] patients; or aspirin with ticagrelor [AT], 1,811 [19.4%] patients) were analysed. In-hospital endpoints were all-cause mortality or bleeding events during admission and 1-year endpoints were major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and major bleeding events...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Huan Liu, Tianjiao Xia, Fangxia Xu, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain state associated with multiple etiologies that results in considerable social and economic burden. The identification of key genes associated with neuropathic pain is important for the development of novel therapies. Therefore, the present study downloaded the gene expression profile GSE15041 from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The unverified gene chip was removed and the microarray data was normalized following quality control. The limma package in R was used to screen the differentially expressed genes (DEGs), followed by Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analysis...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Seung-Heon Shin, Mi-Kyung Ye, Sung-Yong Choi, Kwan-Kyu Park
Bee venom (BV) has long been used as anti-inflammatory agent in traditional oriental medicine; however, the effect of BV on chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is not commonly studied. The aim of the present study was to determine the anti-inflammatory effect of BV on an allergic CRS mouse model. An allergic CRS mouse model was established following the administration of ovalbumin with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB) into the nose. A total of 0.5 or 5 ng/ml of BV were intranasally applied 3 times a week for 8 weeks...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Shaoyong Zhuang, Xiangwei Hua, Kang He, Tao Zhou, Jiang Zhang, Haoyu Wu, Xiong Ma, Qiang Xia, Jianjun Zhang
The contribution of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) to cholestatic liver disease (CLD) remains unknown. We investigated the role and mechanism of GSK-3β in vivo in liver tissues of patients with CLD and the bile duct ligation (BDL) mouse model and in vitro using a hepatic progenitor cell (HPC) and hepatic stellate cell (HSC) coculture system. In liver tissues of patients with CLD, expression of the inactive form of GSK-3β, phospho-GSK-3β(Ser9), was increased in HPCs. GSK-3β inhibition by SB216763 treatment aggravated liver fibrosis and elevated the expression of osteopontin (OPN) in the BDL mouse model...
March 12, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Masakatsu Yamashita, Makoto Kuwahara
Although Bach2 (broad complex-tramtrack-bric a brac and Cap'n'collar homology 2) plays an important role in regulating Th2 cell differentiation and type-2 immune responses, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Our current studies demonstrate that Bach2 associates with Batf (basic leucine zipper transcription factor ATF-like) family transcription factors and binds to the regulatory regions of the Th2 cytokine gene loci. The Bach2-Batf complex antagonizes the recruitment of the interferon regulatory factor 4 (Irf4)-containing Batf complex to activator protein 1 (AP-1) motifs in the Th2 cytokine gene locus and suppresses Th2 cytokine production and/or Th2 cell differentiation...
February 24, 2018: International Immunology
Chang Liu, Congcong Zhang, Lixin Jia, Boya Chen, Luxin Liu, Jie Sun, Wenmei Zhang, Bin You, Yulin Li, Ping Li, Jie Du
Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is due to degeneration of the aorta and causes a high mortality rate, while molecular mechanisms for the development of TAAD are still not completely understood. In this study, 3-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) treatment was used to induce TAAD mouse model. Through transcriptome analysis, we found the expression levels of genes associated with interleukin-3 (IL-3) signaling pathway were upregulated during TAAD development in mouse, which were validated by real-time PCR...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Hong Wang, Guoxiu Cao, Guangji Wang, Haiping Hao
UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) are a class of important phase II drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs), playing essential roles in the homeostasis of endobiotics as well as the dispositional behavior of exogenous compounds. The expression and enzyme activity of UGTs are regulated by multiple dimensions of mechanisms and can be influenced by diverse factors. Thus, the intensive research of its regulatory network is pivotal for better understanding about the physiological, pathological, and therapeutic significance of UGTs...
March 7, 2018: Current Drug Metabolism
Gerald Thiel, Oliver G Rössler
The polyphenol resveratrol is found and many plant and fruits and is a constituent of our diet. Resveratrol has been proposed to have chemopreventive and anti-inflammatory activities. On the cellular level, resveratrol activates stimulus-regulated transcription factors. To identify resveratrol-responsive elements within a natural gene promoter, the molecular pathway leading to c-Fos gene expression by resveratrol was dissected. The c-Fos gene encodes a basic region leucine zipper transcription factor and is a prototype of an immediate-early gene that is regulated by a wide range of signaling molecules...
March 4, 2018: Gene
Sun-Ju Yi, Seong Yun Hwang, Myung-Ju Oh, Yang-Hoon Kim, Hojin Ryu, Sung-Keun Rhee, Byung H Jhun, Kyunghwan Kim
Signal transduction pathways regulate the gene expression by altering chromatin dynamics in response to mitogens. Ras proteins are key regulators linking extracellular stimuli to a diverse range of biological responses associated with gene regulation. In mammals, the three ras genes encode four Ras protein isoforms: H-Ras, K-Ras4A, K-Ras4B, and N-Ras. Although emerging evidence suggests that Ras isoforms differentially regulate gene expressions and are functionally nonredundant, the mechanisms underlying Ras specificity and Ras signaling effects on gene expression remain unclear...
2018: BioMed Research International
Cheng Huang, Caitlin Lewis, Natalie A Borg, Meritxell Canals, Henry Diep, Grant Drummond, Robert J Goode, Ralf B Schittenhelm, Antony Vinh, Mingyu Zhu, Barbara Kemp-Harper, Oded Kleifeld, Martin J Stone
Macrophages, which accumulate in tissues during inflammation, may be polarized towards pro-inflammatory (M1) or tissue reparative (M2) phenotypes. The balance between these phenotypes can have a substantial influence on the outcome of inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis. Improved biomarkers of M1 and M2 macrophages would be beneficial for research, diagnosis and monitoring the effects of trial therapeutics in such diseases. To identify novel biomarkers, we have characterized the global proteomes of THP-1 macrophages polarized to M1 and M2 states, in comparison with unpolarized (M0) macrophages...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Chien-Huang Lin, Chung-Huang Shih, Yu-Chang Lin, You-Lan Yang, Bing-Chang Chen
BACKGROUND: In idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the interaction of CXCL12 and CXC receptor 4 (CXCR4) plays a critical role in lung fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) overexpression underlies the development of pulmonary fibrosis. Our previous report showed that the Rac1-dependent extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and activator protein (AP)-1 pathways are involved in CXCL12-generated CTGF expression in human lung fibroblasts (WI-38)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Seul A Seo, Bom Park, Eunson Hwang, Yu-Kyong Shin, Sang-Yong Park, Mengyang Zhang, Tae-Hoo Yi
Ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation is regarded as the main cause of skin photodamage. After exposure to UVB irradiation, collagen degradation is accelerated by upregulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and collagen synthesis is decreased via downregulation of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 signaling. Borage officinalis L. (BO) is an annual herb with medicinal and culinary applications. Although BO has been demonstrated to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, its potential anti-photoaging effects have not been examined...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Charles E de Bock, Sofie Demeyer, Sandrine Degryse, Delphine Verbeke, Bram Sweron, Olga Gielen, Roel Vandepoel, Carmen Vicente, Marlies Vanden Bempt, Antonis Dagklis, Ellen Geerdens, Simon Bornschein, Rik Gijsbers, Jean Soulier, Jules P Meijerink, Merja Heinäniemi, Susanna Teppo, Maria Bouvy-Liivrand, Olli Lohi, Enrico Radaelli, Jan Cools
Leukemia is caused by the accumulation of multiple genomic lesions in hematopoietic precursor cells. However, how these events cooperate during oncogenic transformation remains poorly understood. We studied the cooperation between activated JAK3/STAT5 signaling and HOXA9 overexpression, two events identified as significantly co-occurring in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Expression of mutant JAK3 and HOXA9 led to a rapid development of leukemia originating from multipotent or lymphoid-committed progenitors, with a significant decrease in disease latency compared to JAK3 or HOXA9 alone...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Jong Hyun Lee, Chulwon Kim, Seok-Geun Lee, Woong Mo Yang, Jae-Young Um, Gautam Sethi, Kwang Seok Ahn
BACKGROUND: Ophiopogonin D (OP-D), a steroidal glycoside obtained from the Chinese medicinal plant Ophiopogonin japonicas (the root portion), has been traditionally used to treat fever, inflammation, cough, sputum etc. However, the detailed molecular mechanism(s) underlying its therapeutic actions is still unknown. HYPOTHESIS: Because nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), PI3K/AKT, and activator protein-1 (AP-1) signaling cascades have significant functions in cell proliferation, inflammation, and angiogenesis in tumor cells, we hypothesized that OP-D may disrupt these signaling cascades to exert its anticancer effects in human lung-cancer cells...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Mandy M Liu, Kevin M Huang, Li Qian, Payal Chatterjee, Suhui Zhang, Rui Li, Su Zhou, Zhijun Wang, Yun Luo, Ying Huang
BACKGROUND: The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a potential molecular target for cancer chemoprevention. Si-Wu-Tang (SWT), a popular traditional Chinese medicine for women's health, was reported with a novel activity of cancer prevention. PURPOSE: The present study was aimed to identify the bioactive constituents in SWT responsible for the Nrf2 activating and cancer preventive activity and explore the pharmacological mechanisms. METHODS: Nine compounds detectable from various batches of SWT were ranked using in silico molecular docking based on their ability to interfere the forming of Nrf2-Keap1 complex...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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