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Yuyin Li, Yuejun Sun, Lifang Jing, Jianjun Wang, Yali Yan, Yajuan Feng, Yueying Zhang, Zhenxing Liu, Long Ma, Aipo Diao
The lysosome inhibitors bafilomycin A1 and chloroquine have both lysosomotropic properties and autophagy inhibition ability, and are promising clinical agents to be used in combination with anticancer drugs. In order to investigate this combination effect, HepG2 cells were treated with bafilomycin A1, chloroquine, or/and doxorubicin, and their proliferative ability, induction of apoptosis, and the changes of lysosomal membrane permeabilization and mitochondrial membrane potential were studied. The results demonstrate that treatment with bafilomycin A1 or chloroquine alone at a relatively low concentration promotes the inhibitory effect of doxorubicin on cell growth and apoptosis...
October 21, 2016: Chemotherapy
Hong-Ju Wang, Meng-Qi Li, Wei-Wei Liu, Toshihiko Hayashi, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Satoshi Onodera, Takashi Ikejima
PURPOSE: Type I collagen is one of the most abundant components of extracellular matrix. We previously illustrated that murine fibrosarcoma L929 cells grew well on type I collagen gel and escaped from TNFα-induced cell death. In this study, we investigated the mechanism underlying the protective effect of collagen gel. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We used western blot, confocal microscopy, MTT assay and flow cytometry by introducing fluorescence staining to determine the expression levels of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), inhibitory ratio and autophagy...
October 20, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
Liza J Burton, Mariela Rivera, Ohuod Hawsawi, Jin Zou, Tamaro Hudson, Guangdi Wang, Qiang Zhang, Luis Cubano, Nawal Boukli, Valerie Odero-Marah
Muscadine grape skin extract (MSKE) is derived from muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia), a common red grape used to produce red wine. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) that serves as a survival mechanism to relieve ER stress and restore ER homeostasis. However, when persistent, ER stress can alter the cytoprotective functions of the UPR to promote autophagy and cell death. Although MSKE has been documented to induce apoptosis, it has not been linked to ER stress/UPR/autophagy...
2016: PloS One
Cheng-Chao Ruan, Yan Li, Yu Ma, Ding-Liang Zhu, Ping-Jin Gao
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have indicated that adiponectin (APN) protects against hypertension-related cardiovascular disease. However, whether APN is involved in the regulation of hypertensive renal damage remains unclear. The present study aimed to elucidate how APN regulates renal epithelial to mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT) in desoxycorticosterone (DOCA)-salt hypertensive mice. DESIGN AND METHOD: Male APN knockout (APNKO) mice and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 littermates were sc infused with DOCA pellet (50 mg for 21 day release)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yong Lu, Zhiyong Wang, Wei Han, Hao Li
Zoledronate has been reported to exhibit pro‑apoptotic and anti-angiogenic effects in endothelial cells, which partially contributes to bisphosphonate‑associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BP‑ONJ). Zoledronate can also induce autophagic cell death. The present study hypothesized that Zoledronate may activate autophagy to exert pro‑apoptotic effects in endothelial cells and aimed to investigate the effect of Zoledronate on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and explore the underlying mechanisms...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Gregory R Bean, Jeff C Kremer, Bethany C Prudner, Aaron D Schenone, Juo-Chin Yao, Matthew B Schultze, David Y Chen, Munir R Tanas, Douglas R Adkins, John Bomalaski, Brian P Rubin, Loren S Michel, Brian A Van Tine
Sarcomas comprise a large heterogeneous group of mesenchymal cancers with limited therapeutic options. When treated with standard cytotoxic chemotherapies, many sarcomas fail to respond completely and rapidly become treatment resistant. A major problem in the investigation and treatment of sarcomas is the fact that no single gene mutation or alteration has been identified among the diverse histologic subtypes. We searched for therapeutically druggable targets that are common to a wide range of histologies and hence could provide alternatives to the conventional chemotherapy...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Yuran Xie, Bryan Killinger, Anna Moszczynska, Olivia M Merkel
The use of small interference RNA (siRNA) to target oncogenes is a promising treatment approach for cancer. However, siRNA cancer therapies are hindered by poor delivery of siRNA to cancer cells. Transferrin receptor (TfR) is overexpressed in many types of tumor cells and therefore is a potential target for the selective delivery of siRNA to cancer cells. Here, we used the TfR binding peptide HAIYPRH (HAI peptide) conjugated to cationic polymer branched polyethylenimine (bPEI), optimized the coupling strategy, and the TfR selective delivery of siRNA was evaluated in cells with high (H1299) and low TfR expression (A549 and H460)...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Naoko Fujii, Yukinobu Matsuo, Toshiyuki Matsunaga, Satoshi Endo, Hideki Sakai, Masahiko Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Junko Sugatani, Akira Ikari
Hypotonic stress decreased claudin-1 and -2 expression levels in renal tubular epithelial HK-2 and Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Here, we examined the regulatory mechanism involved in this decrease. The hypotonic-induced decrease in claudin expression was inhibited by SB202190, a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitor, but not by U0126, a MEK inhibitor, Go6983, a protein kinase C inhibitor, or SP600125, a Jun N-terminal protein kinase inhibitor. Hypotonic stress increased transepithelial electrical resistance, which was inhibited by SB202190...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Mi Suk Lee, Hyo-Jung Choi, Eui-Jung Park, Hye-Jeong Park, Tae-Hwan Kwon
Carboxyl-terminus of AQP2 (AQP2c) undergoes post-translational modifications, including phosphorylation and ubiquitination, for the regulation of aquaporin-2 (AQP2) translocation and protein abundance. We aimed to identify novel proteins interacting with AQP2c. Recombinant AQP2c protein was made in E. coli BL21 (DE3) by exploiting the pET32 TrxA fusion system. Lysates of rat kidney inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) tubule suspensions interacted with rat AQP2c bound to Ni(2+)-resin were subjected to LC-MS/MS proteomic analysis...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Hefei Ruan, Jianqiang Yu, Jinghe Yuan, Nan Li, Xiaohong Fang
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) type II receptor (TβRII) plays a critical role in the initiation of TGF-β signaling pathway, therefore the study of its synthesis and transport processes is of great important. In this work, we have achieved the super-resolution imaging of a new type of TβRII-containing post-Golgi vesicle by our home-built stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscope. We visualized the ring-shaped structure of these vesicles containing newly synthesized TβRII in the cytoplasm, and characterized their size distribution from 300 nm to 1000 nm...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Hiasindh Ashmi Antony, Vrushali Pathak, Kanjaksha Ghosh, Subhash Chandra Parija
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the protein expression patterns of Plasmodium falciparum extracellular and intracellular proteins separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) from the chloroquine-sensitive (CQS) MRC2 strain and chloroquine-resistant (CQR) RKL9 strain. Materials and Methods: Both the extracellular protein (ECP) and intracellular protein (ICP) were extracted and solubilized. The proteins were separated by 2-DE, first based on their charges using isoelectric focusing and then their sizes by electrophoresis...
July 2016: Tropical Parasitology
Prashant P Kadam, Nithya Jaideep Gogtay, Sunil Karande, V Shah, Urmila M Thatte
OBJECTIVES: Studies on antimalarial kinetics in children or adults who are undernourished or malnourished are both limited and have yielded conflicting results. The present study was carried out with the objectives of evaluating the pharmacokinetics of single dose chloroquine and its metabolite desethylchloroquine in children who were undernourished and compare them with children who were normally nourished. METHODS: Children of either gender between the ages of 5 and 12 years, smear positive for P...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Claudia Surjadjaja, Asik Surya, J Kevin Baird
Endemic malaria occurs across much of the vast Indonesian archipelago. All five species of Plasmodium known to naturally infect humans occur here, along with 20 species of Anopheles mosquitoes confirmed as carriers of malaria. Two species of plasmodia cause the overwhelming majority and virtually equal shares of malaria infections in Indonesia: Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax The challenge posed by P. vivax is especially steep in Indonesia because chloroquine-resistant strains predominate, along with Chesson-like strains that relapse quickly and multiple times at short intervals in almost all patients...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Bridget E Barber, Matthew J Grigg, Timothy William, Tsin W Yeo, Nicholas M Anstey
Plasmodium knowlesi occurs across Southeast Asia and is the most common cause of malaria in Malaysia. High parasitaemias can develop rapidly, and the risk of severe disease in adults is at least as high as in falciparum malaria. Prompt initiation of effective treatment is therefore essential. Intravenous artesunate is highly effective in severe knowlesi malaria and in those with moderately high parasitaemia but otherwise uncomplicated disease. Both chloroquine and artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) are highly effective for uncomplicated knowlesi malaria, with faster parasite clearance times and lower anaemia rates with ACT...
October 1, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
Evie H Carchman, Kristina A Matkowskyj, Louise Meske, Paul F Lambert
INTRODUCTION: Autophagy is an intracellular catabolic process that removes and recycles unnecessary/dysfunctional cellular components, contributing to cellular health and survival. Autophagy is a highly regulated cellular process that responds to several intracellular signals, many of which are deregulated by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection through the expression of HPV-encoded oncoproteins. This adaptive inhibitory response helps prevent viral clearance. A strong correlation remains between HPV infection and the development of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the anus, particularly in HIV positive and other immunosuppressed patients...
2016: PloS One
Shivika S Gupta, Matthew R Zeglinski, Sunil G Rattan, Natalie M Landry, Saeid Ghavami, Jeffrey T Wigle, Thomas Klonisch, Andrew J Halayko, Ian M C Dixon
The incidence of heart failure with concomitant cardiac fibrosis is very high in developed countries. Fibroblast activation in heart is causal to cardiac fibrosis as they convert to hypersynthetic cardiac myofibroblasts. There is no known treatment for cardiac fibrosis. Myofibroblasts contribute to the inappropriate remodeling of the myocardial interstitium, which leads to reduced cardiac function and ultimately heart failure. Elevated levels of autophagy have been linked to stress-induced ventricular remodeling and other cardiac diseases...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Tomohiko Fukuda, Katsutoshi Oda, Osamu Wada-Hiraike, Kenbun Sone, Kanako Inaba, Yuji Ikeda, Chinami Makii, Aki Miyasaka, Tomoko Kashiyama, Michihiro Tanikawa, Takahide Arimoto, Tetsu Yano, Kei Kawana, Yutaka Osuga, Tomoyuki Fujii
Resveratrol (RSV), a polyphenolic compound derived from red wine, inhibits the proliferation of various types of cancer. RSV induces apoptosis in cancer cells, while enhancing autophagy. Autophagy promotes cancer cell growth by driving cellular metabolism, which may counteract the effect of RSV. The present study aimed to elucidate the correlation between RSV and autophagy and to examine whether autophagy inhibition may enhance the antitumor effect of RSV in endometrial cancer cells. Cell proliferation, cell cycle progression and apoptosis were examined, following RSV exposure, by performing MTT assays, flow cytometry and annexin V staining, respectively, in an Ishikawa endometrial cancer cell line...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Marie Wrande, Helene Andrews-Polymenis, Donna J Twedt, Olivia Steele-Mortimer, Steffen Porwollik, Michael McClelland, Leigh A Knodler
Intestinal epithelial cells provide an important colonization niche for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S Typhimurium) during gastrointestinal infections. In infected epithelial cells, a sub-population of S. Typhimurium damage their internalization vacuole, leading to escape from the Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV) and extensive proliferation in the cytosol. Little is known about the bacterial determinants of nascent SCV lysis and subsequent survival and replication of Salmonella in the cytosol...
October 3, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Justin A Green, Khadeeja Mohamed, Navin Goyal, Samia Bouhired, Azra Hussaini, Siôn W Jones, Gavin C K W Koh, Ivan Kostov, Maxine Taylor, Allen Wolstenholm, Stephan Duparc
Tafenoquine is in development as a single-dose treatment for relapse prevention in Plasmodium vivax malaria. Tafenoquine must be co-administered with a blood schizonticide; either chloroquine or artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). This open-label, randomized, parallel-group study evaluated potential drug interactions between tafenoquine and two ACTs: dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine or artemether-lumefantrine. Healthy volunteers of either sex, aged 18-65 years, without glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, were randomized into five cohorts (n=24 per cohort) to receive tafenoquine on day 1 (300 mg) plus: once daily dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine on days 1, 2 and 3 (120:960 mg for 36-<75 kg bodyweight; 160:1280 mg for ≥75-100 kg bodyweight); or artemether-lumefantrine (80:480 mg) two doses 8 h apart on day 1, then twice daily on days 2 and 3; or each drug given alone...
October 3, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Bin Sun, Lei Gao, Anil Ahsan, Peng Chu, Yanlin Song, Hailong Li, Zonghui Zhang, Yuan Lin, Jinyong Peng, Zhicheng Song, Shisheng Wang, Zeyao Tang
Oleanolic acid (OA) and its several derivatives possess various pharmacological activities, such as antitumor and anti-inflammation. In present study, anticancer effect of SZC015, an OA derivative, and its underlying mechanisms were investigated. We demonstrated that cell viability was significantly decreased in SZC015-treated lung cancer cells, but has less cytotoxicity in human bronchial epithelial cell line. Further investigation verified that apoptosis and autophagy induction and G0/G1 phase arrest were observed in SZC015-treated H322 cells...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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