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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533986/atorvastatin-alters-the-expression-of-genes-related-to-bile-acid-metabolism-and-circadian-clock-in-livers-of-mice
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Wen-Kai Li, Huan Li, Yuan-Fu Lu, Ying-Ying Li, Zidong Donna Fu, Jie Liu
AIM: Atorvastatin is a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor used for hyperlipidemia. Atorvastatin is generally safe but may induce cholestasis. The present study aimed to examine the effects of atorvastatin on hepatic gene expression related to bile acid metabolism and homeostasis, as well as the expression of circadian clock genes in livers of mice. METHODS: Adult male mice were given atorvastatin (10, 30, and 100 mg/kg, po) daily for 30 days, and blood biochemistry, histopathology, and gene expression were examined...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526338/redox-signaling-in-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-induced-cardioprotection-evidences-and-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Lovedeep Singh, Puneet Kaur Randhawa, Nirmal Singh, Amteshwar Singh Jaggi
Reactive oxygen species are the reactive molecules that are derived from molecular oxygen and play an important role as redox signaling molecules to confer cardioprotection. Various scientists have demonstrated the key role of redox signaling in cardioprotection by showing a transient increase in their levels during remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) phase. The transient increase in reactive oxygen species levels during remote preconditioning phase may take place either through activation of KATP channels or through increased nitric oxide (NO) production...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486614/potential-role-of-dna-methylation-as-a-facilitator-of-target-search-processes-for-transcription-factors-through-interplay-with-methyl-cpg-binding-proteins
#3
Catherine A Kemme, Rolando Marquez, Ross H Luu, Junji Iwahara
Eukaryotic genomes contain numerous non-functional high-affinity sequences for transcription factors. These sequences potentially serve as natural decoys that sequester transcription factors. We have previously shown that the presence of sequences similar to the target sequence could substantially impede association of the transcription factor Egr-1 with its targets. In this study, using a stopped-flow fluorescence method, we examined the kinetic impact of DNA methylation of decoys on the search process of the Egr-1 zinc-finger protein...
May 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460186/camp-attenuates-angiotensin-ii-induced-egr-1-expression-via-pka-dependent-signaling-pathway-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#4
Estelle Rolande Simo-Cheyou, Viktoria Youreva, Ashok K Srivastava
cAMP has been shown to inhibit vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and exerts a vasculoprotective effect. An upregulation of the early growth response protein-1 (Egr-1) expression has been linked with the development of atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia. We have recently demonstrated that angiotensin-II (Ang-II) stimulates Egr-1 expression via Ca2+/ERK-mediated cAMP-response element binding protein (CREB) activation. However, whether Ang-II-induced signaling leading to Egr-1 expression is modulated by cAMP remains unexplored...
May 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440917/atf3-inhibits-the-inflammation-induced-by-mycoplasma-pneumonia-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
Jing Wang, Wei Cheng, Zhen Wang, Lihong Xin, Wen Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Activating transcription factor-3 (ATF3) is a key regulator of inflammatory responses. We aimed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of ATF3 on the inflammatory cytokines are induced by Mycoplasma pneumonia (MP). STUDY DESIGN: RAW264.7 and mouse peritoneal macrophages were exposed to various time with or without MP infection (3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 h), and detect the expression of ATF3. Adenovirus-expression of ATF3 (Ad/ATF3) or Ad/βgal was transfected into cells which were exposed to MP for 48 h, RT-PCR and ELISA was used to evaluate the expression and secretion of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-18...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414040/sars-coronavirus-papain-like-protease-up-regulates-the-collagen-expression-through-non-samd-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling
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Ching-Ying Wang, Chien-Yi Lu, Shih-Wen Li, Chien-Chen Lai, Chun-Hung Hua, Su-Hua Huang, Ying-Ju Lin, Mann-Jen Hour, Cheng-Wen Lin
SARS coronavirus (CoV) papain-like protease (PLpro) reportedly induced the production of TGF-β1 through p38 MAPK/STAT3-meidated Egr-1-dependent activation (Sci. Rep. 6, 25754). This study investigated the correlation of PLpro-induced TGF-β1 with the expression of Type I collagen in human lung epithelial cells and mouse pulmonary tissues. Specific inhibitors for TGF-βRI, p38 MAPK, MEK, and STAT3 proved that SARS-CoV PLpro induced TGF-β1-dependent up-regulation of Type I collagen in vitro and in vivo. Subcellular localization analysis of SMAD3 and SMAD7 indicated that non-SMAD pathways in TGF-β1 signaling involved in the production of Type I collagen in transfected cells with pSARS-PLpro...
April 13, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411025/klotho-down-regulates-egr-1-by-inhibiting-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-signaling-in-high-glucose-treated-human-mesangial-cells
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Yang Li, Fang Hu, Meng Xue, Yi-Jie Jia, Zong-Ji Zheng, Ling Wang, Mei-Ping Guan, Yao-Ming Xue
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) has become the leading cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide and is associated with glomerular mesangial cell (MC) proliferation and excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production. Klotho can attenuate renal fibrosis in part by inhibiting TGF-β1/Smad3 signaling in DKD. Early growth response factor 1 (Egr-1) has been shown to play a key role in renal fibrosis in part by facilitating the formation of a positive feedback loop involving TGF-β1. However, whether Klotho down-regulates Egr-1 by inhibiting TGF-β1/Smad3 signaling in DKD is unclear...
April 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378088/central-activation-of-the-a1-adenosine-receptor-in-fed-mice-recapitulates-only-some-of-the-attributes-of-daily-torpor
#8
Maria A Vicent, Ethan D Borre, Steven J Swoap
Mice enter bouts of daily torpor, drastically reducing metabolic rate, core body temperature (T b), and heart rate (HR), in response to reduced caloric intake. Because central adenosine activation has been shown to induce a torpor-like state in the arctic ground squirrel, and blocking the adenosine-1 (A1) receptor prevents daily torpor, we hypothesized that central activation of the A1 adenosine receptors would induce a bout of natural torpor in mice. To test the hypothesis, mice were subjected to four different hypothermia bouts: natural torpor, forced hypothermia (FH), isoflurane-anesthesia, and an intracerebroventricular injection of the selective A1 receptor agonist N(6-)cyclohexyladenosine (CHA)...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370894/antrodia-camphorata-attenuates-cigarette-smoke-induced-ros-production-dna-damage-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
#9
Hsin-Ling Yang, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Cheng-Hsien Chen, Wei-Jung Peng, Chee-Shan Chen, Mei-Ling Li, Li-Sung Hsu, Jiunn-Wang Liao, You-Cheng Hseu
Cigarette smoke exposure activates several cellular mechanisms predisposing to atherosclerosis, including oxidative stress, dyslipidemia, and vascular inflammation. Antrodia camphorata, a renowned medicinal mushroom in Taiwan, has been investigated for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiatherosclerotic properties in cigarette smoke extracts (CSE)-treated vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs), and ApoE-deficient mice. Fermented culture broth of Antrodia camphorata (AC, 200-800 µg/mL) possesses effective antioxidant activity against CSE-induced ROS production...
April 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369888/early-growth-response-1-mediated-down-regulation-of-drebrin-correlates-with-loss-of-dendritic-spines
#10
Chulmin Cho, Ryen MacDonald, Jijun Shang, Moon Jeong Cho, Lorraine E Chalifour, Hemant K Paudel
Post-synaptic dendritic spines are structurally composed of actin cytoskeleton, which undergoes dynamic morphological changes to accommodate incoming synaptic activity. Drebrin is an actin-binding protein highly expressed in dendritic spines that serves an important role in regulating spine morphology. Functionally, loss of drebrin directly correlates with deficits in learning and memory, as is the case observed in Alzheimer's disease. Despite these findings, the regulatory factor responsible for drebrin loss remains unclear...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322869/scaffold-free-high-throughput-generation-of-quiescent-valvular-microtissues
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Annelies Roosens, Inès Puype, Ria Cornelissen
AIMS: The major challenge of working with valvular interstitial cells in vitro is the preservation or recovery of their native quiescent state. In this study, a biomimetic approach is used which aims to engineer small volume, high quality valve microtissues, having a potential in regenerative medicine and as a relevant 3D in vitro model to provide insights into valve (patho)biology. METHODS AND RESULTS: To form micro-aggregates, porcine valvular interstitial cells were seeded in agarose micro-wells and cultured in medium supplemented with 250μM Ascorbic Acid 2-phosphate for 22days...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321979/effect-of-the-early-social-environment-on-behavioural-and-genomic-responses-to-a-social-challenge-in-a-cooperatively-breeding-vertebrate
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Cecilia Nyman, Stefan Fischer, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Barbara Taborsky
The early social environment can have substantial, lifelong effects on vertebrate social behaviour, which can be mediated by developmental plasticity of brain gene expression. Early-life effects can influence immediate behavioural responses towards later-life social challenges and can activate different gene expression responses. However, while genomic responses to social challenges have been reported frequently, how developmental experience influences the shape of these genomic reaction norms remains largely unexplored...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286204/long-term-acetaminophen-treatment-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice-and-the-involvement-of-egr-1
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Qingyun Bai, Hongyu Yan, Yuchen Sheng, Yao Jin, Liang Shi, Lili Ji, Zhengtao Wang
Acetaminophen (APAP)-induced acute liver injury has already been well studied. However, whether long-term administration of APAP will cause liver fibrosis is still not very clear. This study aims to investigate the liver fibrosis in mice induced by long-term APAP treatment and the involvement of early growth response 1 (Egr-1). C57BL/6 mice were orally given with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 2, 6 or 10 weeks, respectively. Liver hydroxyproline content, collagen deposition and inflammatory cells infiltration were increased in mice treated with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 6 or 10 weeks...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282643/nab2-maintains-thymus-cellularity-with-aging-and-stress
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K Taraszka Hastings, Diana Elizalde, Leela Muppana, Sarah Levine, Christy M Kamel, Wendy M Ingram, Jennifer T Kirkpatrick, Chengcheng Hu, Matthew P Rausch, Amelia L Gallitano
Thymic cellularity is influenced by a variety of biological and environmental factors, such as age and stress; however, little is known about the molecular genetic mechanisms that regulate this process. Immediate early genes of the Early growth response (Egr) family have critical roles in immune function and response to environmental stress. The transcription factors, Egr1, Egr2 and Egr3, play roles in the thymus and in peripheral T-cell activation. Nab2, which binds Egrs 1, 2, and 3 as a co-regulator of transcription, also regulates peripheral T-cell activation...
May 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275114/binding-and-inhibition-of-the-ternary-complex-factor-elk-4-sap1-by-the-adapter-protein-dok-4
#15
Erika Hooker, Cindy Baldwin, Victoria Roodman, Anupam Batra, Naajia Nur Isa, Tomoko Takano, Serge Lemay
The adapter protein Dok-4 (downstream of kinase-4) has been reported as both an activator and inhibitor of Erk and Elk-1, but lack of knowledge about the identity of its partner molecules has precluded any mechanistic insight into these seemingly conflicting properties. We report that Dok-4 interacts with the transactivation domain of Elk-4 through an atypical phosphotyrosine-binding domain-mediated interaction. Dok-4 possesses a nuclear export signal and can relocalize Elk-4 from nucleus to cytosol, whereas Elk-4 possesses two nuclear localization signals that restrict interaction with Dok-4...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269757/correlations-of-the-expressions-of-c-jun-and-egr-1-proteins-with-clinicopathological-features-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#16
Jia-Teng Zhong, Hai-Jun Wang, Jian Yu, Jing-Hang Zhang, Shi-Feng Wang, Xue Yang, Wei Su
This study intended to explore the correlation of the expressions of c-Jun and Egr-1 proteins with clinicopathological features and prognosis of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). From January 2008 to January 2011, 123 NPC patients and 59 patients with chronic rhinitis were enrolled in this study. Fresh NPC and normal nasopharynx tissue specimens were obtained during surgery. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was adopted to determine the positive expressions of the c-Jun and Egr-1 proteins. A 5-year clinical follow-up was conducted on all NPC patients...
February 27, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228068/stress-in-gastrointestinal-tract-and-stable-gastric-pentadecapeptide-bpc-157-finally-do-we-have-a-solution
#17
Predrag Sikiric, Sven Seiwerth, Rudolf Rucman, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Antonio Kokot, Marko Sever, Ivan Zoricic, Zoran Zoricic, Lovorka Batelja, Tihomil Ziger, Josipa Vlainic, Zarko Rasic, Martina Lovric Bencic
Selye's syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents and "response to damage as such" means Selye's stress triad in stress coping response to reestablish homeostasis. Logically, from the gastrointestinal tract viewpoint, such organoprotective/healing response implies the angiogenic growth factors that commonly signify the healing. Thereby, the gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157-organoprotection (huge range of beneficial effects) signifies the Selye's stress concept/stress coping response implemented in and from gastrointestinal tract, and BPC 157 as an integrative mediator that integrates the adaptive bodily response to stress...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202416/microarray-analysis-of-macrophage-response-to-infection-with-streptococcus-oralis-reveals-the-immunosuppressive-effect-of-hydrogen-peroxide
#18
Hitomi Matsushima, Yutaro Kumagai, Alexis Vandenbon, Hideo Kataoka, Miki Kadena, Haruka Fukamachi, Takafumi Arimoto, Hirobumi Morisaki, Nagatoshi Fujiwara, Nobuo Okahashi, Hirotaka Kuwata
Oral streptococci including mitis group streptococci are commensal residents and are also the first to colonize the oral cavity. However, various species of these oral streptococci have the potential to invade the host and occasionally lead to severe infectious disease such as cardiovascular diseases. Oral streptococci have close interactions with the host immune system including macrophages at the oral mucosal surface. One notable common trait of oral streptococcus including Streptococcus oralis (S. oralis) is the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
April 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187447/egr-1-and-rna-pol-ii-facilitate-glioma-cell-gdnf-transcription-induced-by-histone-hyperacetylation-in-promoter-ii
#19
Bao-Le Zhang, Ting-Wen Guo, Le-Le Gao, Guang-Quan Ji, Xiao-He Gu, Yu-Qi Shao, Rui-Qin Yao, Dian-Shuai Gao
The specific mechanisms for epigenetic regulation of gene transcription remain to be elucidated. We previously demonstrated that hyperacetylation of histone H3K9 in promoter II of glioma cells promotes high transcription of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) gene. This hyperacetylation significantly enhanced Egr-1 binding and increased the recruitment of RNA polymerase II (RNA POL II) to that region (P < 0.05). Egr-1 expression was abnormally increased in C6 glioma cells. Further overexpression of Egr-1 significantly increased Egr-1 binding to GDNF promoter II, while increasing RNA POL II recruitment, thus increasing GDNF transcription (P < 0...
February 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134935/egr-1-regulates-irradiation-induced-autophagy-through-atg4b-to-promote-radioresistance-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#20
W-X Peng, Y-Y Wan, A-H Gong, L Ge, J Jin, M Xu, C-Y Wu
Although hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is usually response to radiation therapy, radioresistance is still the major obstacle that limits the efficacy of radiotherapy for HCC patients. Therefore, further investigation of underlying mechanisms in radioresistant HCC cells is warranted. In this study, we determined the effect of early growth response factor (Egr-1) on irradiation-induced autophagy and radioresistance in HCC cell lines SMMC-7721 and HepG2. We showed that autophagy-related gene 4B (Atg4B) is induced by Egr-1 upon ionizing radiation (IR) in HCC cells...
January 30, 2017: Oncogenesis
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