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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547798/a-tough-nut-to-crack-intracellular-detection-and-quantification-of-heme-in-malaria-parasites-by-a-genetically-encoded-protein-sensor
#1
Diana Imhof, Amelie Wißbrock
A genetically encoded protein sensor based on HRP2 was used to detect heme in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum using fluorescence-quenching after heme binding. Protein labels ECFP and EYFP were attached to the termini to allow for a FRET signal as the initial detection parameter before heme binding. The sensor was eventually used to investigate alterations of the labile heme pool during the parasite's life cycle as well as under the influence of the drug chloroquine.
May 26, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546857/chloroquine-inhibits-ca-2-permeable-ion-channels-mediated-ca-2-signaling-in-primary-b-lymphocytes
#2
Yi-Fan Wu, Ping Zhao, Xi Luo, Jin-Chao Xu, Lu Xue, Qi Zhou, Mingrui Xiong, Jinhua Shen, Yong-Bo Peng, Meng-Fei Yu, Weiwei Chen, Liqun Ma, Qing-Hua Liu
BACKGROUND: Chloroquine, a bitter tastant, inhibits Ca(2+) signaling, resulting in suppression of B cell activation; however, the inhibitory mechanism remains unclear. RESULTS: In this study, thapsigargin (TG), but not caffeine, induced sustained intracellular Ca(2+) increases in mouse splenic primary B lymphocytes, which were markedly inhibited by chloroquine. Under Ca(2+)-free conditions, TG elicited transient Ca(2+) increases, which additionally elevated upon the restoration of 2 mM Ca(2+)...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546219/inos-derived-nitric-oxide-induces-integrin-linked-kinase-endocytic-lysosome-mediated-degradation-in-the-vascular-endothelium
#3
Paula Reventun, Matilde Alique, Irene Cuadrado, Susana Marquez, Rocio Toro, Carlos Zaragoza, Marta Saura
OBJECTIVE: ILK (integrin-linked kinase) plays a key role in controlling vasomotor tone and is decreased in atherosclerosis. The objective of this study is to test whether nitric oxide (NO) regulates ILK in vascular remodeling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We found a striking correlation between increased levels of inducible nitric oxide and decreased ILK levels in human atherosclerosis and in a mouse model of vascular remodeling (carotid artery ligation) comparing with inducible NO synthase knockout mice...
May 25, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545664/a-phenolic-glycoside-from-flacourtia-indica-induces-heme-mediated-oxidative-stress-in-plasmodium-falciparum-and-attenuates-malaria-pathogenesis-in-mice
#4
Shiv Vardan Singh, Ashan Manhas, Suriya P Singh, Sonali Mishra, Nimisha Tiwari, Parmanand Kumar, Karuna Shanker, Kumkum Srivastava, Koneni V Sashidhara, Anirban Pal
BACKGROUND: Flacourtia indica is especially popular among the various communities of many African countries where it is being used traditionally for the treatment of malaria. In our previous report, we have identified some phenolic glycosides from the aerial parts of F. indica as promising antiplasmodial agents under in vitro conditions. PURPOSE: Antimalarial bioprospection of F. indica derived phenolic glycoside in Swiss mice (in vivo) with special emphasis on its mode of action...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545464/c10orf10-depp-mediated-ros-accumulation-is-a-critical-modulator-of-foxo3-induced-autophagy
#5
S Salcher, M Hermann, U Kiechl-Kohlendorfer, M J Ausserlechner, P Obexer
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor in childhood and develops from undifferentiated progenitor cells of the sympathetic nervous system. In neuronal tumor cells DNA-damaging chemotherapeutic agents activate the transcription factor FOXO3 which regulates the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell death as well as a longevity program associated with therapy resistance. We demonstrated before that C10ORF10/DEPP, a transcriptional target of FOXO3, localizes to peroxisomes and mitochondria and impairs cellular ROS detoxification...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545029/tusc3-induces-autophagy-in-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#6
Yun Peng, Jun Cao, Xiao-Yi Yao, Jian-Xin Wang, Mei-Zuo Zhong, Ping-Ping Gan, Jian-Huang Li
We investigated the effects of tumor suppressor candidate 3 (TUSC3) on autophagy in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. A total of 118 NSCLC patients (88 males and 30 females) who underwent surgery at our institute were enrolled in the study. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that TUSC3 protein expression was lower in NSCLC specimens than adjacent normal tissue. Correspondingly, there was greater methylation of TUSC3 in NSCLC than adjacent normal tissue. After transient transfection of A549 NSCLC cells with constructs designed to up-regulate or down-regulate TUSC3 expression, we analyzed the effects of inhibiting the Wnt pathway (XAV939) and autophagy (chloroquine, CQ) on the behavior of NSCLC cells...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542194/using-g6pd-tests-to-enable-the-safe-treatment-of-plasmodium-vivax-infections-with-primaquine-on-the-thailand-myanmar-border-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#7
Angela Devine, Minnie Parmiter, Cindy S Chu, Germana Bancone, François Nosten, Ric N Price, Yoel Lubell, Shunmay Yeung
BACKGROUND: Primaquine is the only licensed antimalarial for the radical cure of Plasmodium vivax infections. Many countries, however, do not administer primaquine due to fear of hemolysis in those with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. In other settings, primaquine is given without G6PD testing, putting patients at risk of hemolysis. New rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) offer the opportunity to screen for G6PD deficiency prior to treatment with primaquine. Here we assessed the cost-effectiveness of using G6PD RDTs on the Thailand-Myanmar border and provide the model as an online tool for use in other settings...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
#8
Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537930/3-decylcatechol-induces-autophagy-mediated-cell-death-through-the-ire1%C3%AE-jnk-p62-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#9
Da-Hye Go, Yu Geon Lee, Da-Hye Lee, Jin-A Kim, In-Hwa Jo, Yeon Soo Han, Yong Hun Jo, Kwang-Youn Kim, Young-Kyo Seo, Jae-Hak Moon, Chang Hwa Jung, Tae-Il Jeon
The natural, phenolic lipid urushiol exhibits both antioxidant and anticancer activities; however, its biological activity on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not been previously investigated. Here, we demonstrate that an urushiol derivative, 3-decylcatechol (DC), induces human HCC Huh7 cell death by induction of autophagy. DC initiates the autophagic process by activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin signaling pathway via Unc-51-like autophagy activating kinase 1, leading to autophagosome formation...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537904/cnot2-promotes-degradation-of-p62-sqstm1-as-a-negative-regulator-in-atg5-dependent-autophagy
#10
Kwon Jeong, Hee Young Kwon, Myoung Seok Jeong, Eun Jung Sohn, Sung-Hoon Kim
Though CNOT2 is involved in regulation of adipogenic differentiation, apoptotic cell death and metastasis, the underlying autophagic mechanism of CNOT2 was unknown until now. Thus, in the present study, the critical role of CNOT2 in autophagy was elucidated in association with p62/SQSTM1 signaling. CNOT2 depletion induced p62/SQSTM1 accumulation and LC3B-II conversion, and also increased the number of puncta with impaired autophagic flux. In contrast, CNOT2 overexpression induced downregulation and ubiquitination of p62/SQSTM1 in HEK293 QBI...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535801/molecular-markers-of-anti-malarial-drug-resistance-in-central-west-and-east-african-children-with-severe-malaria
#11
Christian N Nguetse, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Tsiri Agbenyega, Bernhards R Ogutu, Sanjeev Krishna, Peter G Kremsner, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
BACKGROUND: The Plasmodium falciparum multidrug resistance 1 (PfMDR1), P. falciparum Ca(2+)-ATPase (PfATP6) and Kelch-13 propeller domain (PfK13) loci are molecular markers of parasite susceptibility to anti-malarial drugs. Their frequency distributions were determined in the isolates collected from children with severe malaria originating from three African countries. METHODS: Samples from 287 children with severe malaria [(Gabon: n = 114); (Ghana: n = 89); (Kenya: n = 84)] were genotyped for pfmdr1, pfatp6 and pfk13 loci by DNA sequencing and assessing pfmdr1 copy number variation (CNV) by real-time PCR...
May 23, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535645/-effect-of-rapamycin-and-chloroquine-on-osteosarcoma
#12
W D Liu, W Sun, Y Q Hua, S G Wang, Z D Cai
Objective: To investigate the combination effect of anti-tumor agent rapamycin and anti-autophagy agent chloroquine on osteosarcoma. Methods: The inhibition effect of rapamycin or chloroquine and combination of both on human osteosarcoma cell line 143B measured with CCK-8 box.The combination index at different concentration was calculated, and the synergism effect range was analysed.The effect of combined therapy on cell cycle and apoptosis via flow cytometric was analyzted.Setting up murine subcutaneous xenograft model, the combination effect of antitumor in vivo observed...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533239/plasmodium-falciparum-and-p-vivax-demonstrate-contrasting-chloroquine-resistance-reversal-phenotypes
#13
Grennady Wirjanata, Irene Handayuni, Pak Prayoga, Leo Leonardo, Dwi Apriyanti, Leily Trianty, Ruland Wandosa, Basbak Gobay, Enny Kenangalem, Jeanne Rini Poespoprodjo, Rintis Noviyanti, Dennis E Kyle, Qin Cheng, Ric N Price, Jutta Marfurt
High-grade chloroquine (CQ) resistance has emerged in both P. falciparum and P. vivax The aim of the present study was to investigate phenotypic differences of CQ resistance in both of these species and the ability of known CQ resistance reversal agents (CQRRAs) to alter CQ susceptibility.Between April 2015 and April 2016, the potential of verapamil (VP), mibefradil (MF), L703,606 (L7), and primaquine (PQ) to reverse CQ resistance was assessed in 46 P. falciparum and 34 P. vivax clinical isolates in Papua, Indonesia, where CQ resistance is present in both species, using a modified schizont maturation assay...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530287/microfluidic-self-assembly-of-folate-targeted-monomolecular-sirna-lipid-nanoparticles
#14
R Krzysztoń, B Salem, D J Lee, G Schwake, E Wagner, J O Rädler
Non-viral delivery of nucleic acids for therapies based on RNA interference requires a rational design and optimal self-assembly strategies. Nucleic acid particles need to be small, stable and functional in terms of selective cell uptake and controlled release of encapsulated nucleic acids. Here we report on small (∼38 nm) monomolecular nucleic acid/lipid particles (mNALPs) that contain single molecules of short double-stranded oligonucleotides covered by a tight, highly curved lipid bilayer. The particles consist of DOPE, DOTAP, DOPC and DSPE-PEG(2000) and are assembled with 21 bp double-stranded DNA or small interfering RNA by solvent exchange on a hydrodynamic-focusing microfluidic chip...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529589/tetrandrine-triggers-an-alternative-autophagy-in-du145-cells
#15
Wei Qiu, Ai-Li Zhang, Ye Tian
Tetrandrine (Tet), a potent lysosomal inhibitor, blocks autophagic flux and induces cancer cell death. Previously, the present authors identified the prostate cancer cell line DU145 to exhibit high sensitivity towards Tet in 11 cancer cell lines. In the present study, autophagy in Tet-treated DU145 cells was investigated. Similar to other cell lines, such as PC-3 and 786-O cells, Tet neutralized the acidity of lysosome and blocked autophagy in DU145 cells. However, Tet failed to induce microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) conversion in DU145 cells...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526123/-direct-mechanism-of-action-in-toxic-myopathies
#16
REVIEW
A Khelfi, M Azzouz, R Abtroun, M Reggabi, B Alamir
Toxic myopathies are a large group of disorders generated by surrounding agents and characterized by structural and/or functional disturbances of muscles. The most recurrent are those induced by commonly used medications. Illicit drugs, environmental toxins from animals, vegetables, or produced by micro-organisms as well as chemical products commonly used are significant causes of such disorders. The muscle toxicity results from multiple mechanisms at different biological levels. Many agents can induce myotoxicity through a direct mechanism in which statins, glucocorticoids and ethyl alcohol are the most representative...
May 16, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522565/integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-5-inhibition-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-lung-injury-in-an-autophagy-dependent-manner
#17
Dan Zhang, Chichi Li, Yuanlin Song, Jian Zhou, Yuping Li, Jing Li, Chunxue Bai
Integrin αvβ5 mediates pulmonary endothelial barrier function and acute lung injury (LI), but its roles in cell apoptosis and autophagy are unclear. Thus, the aims of this study were to investigate the significance of αvβ5 in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced apoptosis and LI and to explore the relationship between αvβ5 and autophagy. Human pulmonary micro-vascular endothelial cells (HPMVECs) were pretreated with an αvβ5-blocking antibody (ALULA) and challenged with oxygen-glucose deprivation/oxygen-glucose restoration, which mimics I/R; then, cellular autophagy and apoptosis were detected, and cell permeability was assessed...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518408/s-adenosylmethionine-mediated-apoptosis-is-potentiated-by-autophagy-inhibition-induced-by-chloroquine-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Donatella Delle Cave, Vincenzo Desiderio, Laura Mosca, Concetta Paola Ilisso, Luigi Mele, Michele Caraglia, Giovanna Cacciapuoti, Marina Porcelli
The naturally-occurring sulfonium compound S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) is an ubiquitous sulfur-nucleoside that represents the main methyl donor in numerous methylation reactions. In recent years, it has been shown that AdoMet possesses antiproliferative properties in various cancer cells, but the molecular mechanisms at the basis of the effect induced by AdoMet have been only in part investigated. In the present study, we found that AdoMet strongly inhibited the proliferation of breast cancer cells MCF-7 by inducing both autophagy and apoptosis...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513247/use-of-non-biologic-treatments-in-antihistamine-refractory-chronic-urticaria-a-review-of-published-evidence
#19
Jesper Grønlund Holm, Ilya Ivyanskiy, Simon Francis Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of effectiveness and safety of the non-biologic, non-antihistamine treatments used for chronic urticaria is important as in some cases the principal guideline-recommended drug; omalizumab, has limited effect, side effects, or is too expensive or unavailable. Herein we systematically review the evidence for the use of the non-biologic treatments in antihistamine-refractory chronic urticaria. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature using PubMed and Webofscience and identified studies that reported use of one or more of the non-biological, non-antihistamine treatment options for chronic urticaria...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511659/antiplasmodial-activity-of-indigofera-spicata-root-extract-against-plasmodium-berghei-infection-in-mice
#20
Eshetie Melese Birru, Mestayet Geta, Abyot Endale Gurmu
BACKGROUND: In addition to pharmacovigilance and pharmaco-economic concerns, resistance to anti-malarial medicines has been documented in all classes of anti-malarials and this is further worsened by resistance to common insecticides by malaria vector, which is a major threat to malaria control. As a means of facing the challenges of searching for new anti-malarial agents, the current study focused on evaluation of anti-malarial activity of root extract of Indigofera spicata. METHODS: Chloroquine-sensitive rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium berghei (ANKA strain) was used to infect the Swiss Albino mice in 4-day suppressive and curative models...
May 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
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