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Julie Grandbois, Sandhya Khurana, Kelly Graff, Phong Nguyen, Leah Meltz, T C Tai
Epinephrine is synthesized by the catecholamine biosynthetic enzyme, phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), primarily in chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla and secondarily in brainstem adrenergic neurons of the medulla oblongata. Epinephrine is an important neurotransmitter/neurohormone involved in cardiovascular regulation; however, overproduction is detrimental with negative outcomes such as cellular damage, cardiovascular dysfunction, and hypertension. Genetic mapping studies have linked elevated expression of PNMT to hypertension...
October 18, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Bret Pasch, Rachel Sanford, Steven M Phelps
Interspecific aggression between sibling species may enhance discrimination of competitors when recognition errors are costly, but proximate mechanisms mediating increased discriminative ability are unclear. We studied behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying responses to conspecific and heterospecific vocalizations in Alston's singing mouse (Scotinomys teguina), a species in which males sing to repel rivals. We performed playback experiments using males in allopatry and sympatry with a dominant heterospecific (Scotinomys xerampelinus) and examined song-evoked induction of egr-1 in the auditory system to examine how neural tuning modulates species-specific responses...
October 18, 2016: Animal Cognition
Fumihiro Sanada, Yoshiaki Taniyama, Jun Muratsu, Rei Otsu, Masaaki Iwabayashi, Miguel Carracedo, Hiromi Rakugi, Ryuichi Morishita
Uncontrolled coagulation contributes to the pathophysiology of several chronic inflammatory diseases. In these conditions, senescent cells are often observed and is involved in the generation of inflammation. The coincidence of hyper-coagulation, cell senescence, and inflammation suggests the existence of a common underlying mechanism. Recent evidence indicates that activated coagulation factor X (FXa) plays a role in the processes beyond blood coagulation. This non-hematologic function entails the mediation of inflammation and tissue remodeling...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Estelle R Simo-Cheyou, George Vardatsikos, Ashok K Srivastava
We have previously demonstrated that the non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase (NR-PTK) c-Src is an upstream regulator of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and angiotensin II-induced activation of protein kinase B (PKB) signaling in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). We have also demonstrated that ET-1 potently induces the expression of the early growth response protein-1 (Egr-1), a zinc finger transcription factor that is overexpressed in models of vascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. However, the involvement of c-Src in ET-1‑induced Egr-1 expression has not yet been investigated and its role in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling remains controversial...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Daniel García-Pérez, Szilamer Ferenczi, Krisztina J Kovács, M Luisa Laorden, M Victoria Milanés, Cristina Núñez
Drug-withdrawal-associated aversive memories might trigger relapse to drug-seeking behavior. However, changes in structural and synaptic plasticity, as well as epigenetic mechanisms, which may be critical for long-term aversive memory, have yet to be elucidated. We used male Wistar rats and performed conditioned-place aversion (CPA) paradigm to uncover the role of glucocorticoids (GCs) on plasticity-related processes that occur within the dentate gyrus (DG) during opiate-withdrawal conditioning (memory formation-consolidation) and after reactivation by re-exposure to the conditioned environment (memory retrieval)...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Daniel García-Pérez, Szilamer Ferenczi, Krisztina J Kovács, M Luisa Laorden, M Victoria Milanés, Cristina Núñez
Drug-withdrawal aversive memories generate a motivational state leading to compulsive drug taking, with plasticity changes in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) being essential in aversive motivational learning. The conditioned-place aversion (CPA) paradigm allows for measuring the negative affective component of drug withdrawal. First, CPA triggers association between negative affective consequences of withdrawal with context (memory consolidation). Afterwards, when the animals are re-exposed to the paired environment, they avoid it due to the association between the context and aversive memories (memory retrieval)...
September 28, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Kotaro Sakamoto, Yayoi Kawata, Yasushi Masuda, Tadashi Umemoto, Takashi Ito, Taiji Asami, Shiro Takekawa, Tetsuya Ohtaki, Hiroshi Inooka
Fibroblast growth factor receptor-1c (FGFR1c)/βKlotho (KLB) complex is a receptor of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). Pharmacologically, FGF21 shows anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects upon peripheral administration. Here, we report the development of an artificial peptide agonist to the FGFR1c/KLB heterodimer complex. The peptide, F91-8A07 (LPGRTCREYPDLWWVRCY), was discovered from random peptide T7 phage display and selectively bound to the FGFR1c/KLB complex, but not to FGFR1c and KLB individually...
October 4, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Seong-Hwan Park, Juil Kim, Mira Yu, Jae-Hong Park, Yong Sik Kim, Yuseok Moon
Patients with chronic intestinal ulcerative diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) tend to exhibit abnormal lipid profiles which may affect the gut epithelial integrity. We hypothesized that epithelial cholesterol depletion may trigger inflammation-checking machinery via cholesterol-sentinel signaling molecules whose disruption in patients may aggravate inflammation and disease progression. In the present study, the sterol regulatory element-binding protein 2 (SREBP2) as the cholesterol sentinel was assessed for its involvement in the epithelial inflammatory responses in cholesterol-depleted enterocytes...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Seon-Young Park, Ji-Young Kim, Su-Mi Lee, Jin Ook Chung, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Chung-Hwan Jun, Chang-Hwan Park, Hyun-Soo Kim, Sung-Kyu Choi, Jong-Sun Rew, Young-Do Jung, Yong Han Lee
Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the expression of early growth response gene-1 (EGR-1) and the progression of gastric cancers at advanced stages. However, the effects of EGR-1 expression on human gastric cancer progression, particularly on precancerous lesions, have not been investigated. In this study, we evaluate EGR-1 expression levels in target mucosa from patients with early gastric cancer and precancerous lesions, and assess whether EGR-1 expression affects the oncogenic phenotypes of human gastric cancer cells...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Man Zhang, Yalin Liao, Bo Lönnerdal
Human milk contains growth factors that maintain intestinal mucosal homeostasis, but the molecular mechanisms behind how these growth factors regulate gene transcription are largely unknown. In this study, IEC-6 (rat intestinal epithelial cells) cells were used as a model to study cell differentiation mediated by transforming growth factor-β2 (TGF-β2), the most abundant growth factor in human milk. We focused on the transcription factor early growth response-1 (EGR-1), as we found a robust and rapid response in our initial transcription factor screen...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Abhijnan Chattopadhyay, Alexandre Esadze, Sourav Roy, Junji Iwahara
NMR scalar couplings across hydrogen bonds represent direct evidence for the partial covalent nature of hydrogen bonds and provide structural and dynamic information on hydrogen bonding. In this article, we report heteronuclear (15)N-(31)P and (1)H-(31)P scalar couplings across the intermolecular hydrogen bonds between protein histidine (His) imidazole and DNA phosphate groups. These hydrogen-bond scalar couplings were observed for the Egr-1 zinc-finger-DNA complex. Although His side-chain NH protons are typically undetectable in heteronuclear (1)H-(15)N correlation spectra due to rapid hydrogen exchange, this complex exhibited two His side-chain NH signals around (1)H 14...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Sharyn L Rossi, Casey J Lumpkin, Ashlee W Harris, Jennifer Holbrook, Cinsley Gentillon, Suzanne M McCahan, Wenlan Wang, Matthew E R Butchbach
Topoisomerase 1 (TOP1) poisons like camptothecin (CPT) are currently used in cancer chemotherapy but these compounds can have damaging, off-target effects on neurons leading to cognitive, sensory and motor deficits. To understand the molecular basis for the enhanced sensitivity of neurons to CPT, we examined the effects of compounds that inhibit TOP1-CPT, actinomycin D (ActD) and β-lapachone (β-Lap)-on primary cultured rat motor (MN) and cortical (CN) neurons as well as fibroblasts. Neuronal cells expressed higher levels of Top1 mRNA than fibroblasts but transcript levels are reduced in all cell types after treatment with CPT...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Soon Young Shin, Seunghyun Ahn, Dongsoo Koh, Yoongho Lim
(E)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-3-(2-methoxynaphthalen-1-yl)prop-2-en-1-one (HMP) is a novel synthetic naphthal chalcone derivative. The aim of this study was to investigate the mode of action underlying the antitumor activity of HMP. We found that treatment with HMP potently inhibited the clonogenicity and triggered cell death in HCT116 colon cancer cells. Flow cytometry showed that HMP induced an increase in the population of sub-G0/G1-phase cells. Annexin V binding assay revealed that HMP triggered apoptotic cell death...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kristin N Gabriel, Anna C Jones, Julie P T Nguyen, Kresta S Antillon, Sara N Janos, Heidi N Overton, Shannon M Jenkins, Emily H Frisch, Kristina A Trujillo, Marco Bisoffi
Field effect or field cancerization denotes the presence of molecular aberrations in structurally intact cells residing in histologically normal tissues adjacent to solid tumors. Currently, the etiology of prostate field‑effect formation is unknown and there is a prominent lack of knowledge of the underlying cellular and molecular pathways. We have previously identified an upregulated expression of several protein factors representative of prostate field effect, i.e., early growth response-1 (EGR‑1), platelet-derived growth factor‑A (PDGF‑A), macrophage inhibitory cytokine‑1 (MIC‑1), and fatty acid synthase (FASN) in tissues at a distance of 1 cm from the visible margin of intracapsule prostate adenocarcinomas...
August 22, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Sueun Lee, Sohi Kang, Juhwan Kim, Seongwook Yoon, Sung-Ho Kim, Changjong Moon
Immediate-early genes (IEGs) are transiently and rapidly activated in response to various cellular stimuli. IEGs mediate diverse functions during pathophysiologic events by regulating cellular signal transduction. We investigated the temporal expression of several IEGs, including c-fos, early growth response protein-1 (Egr-1), and activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc), in trimethyltin (TMT)-induced hippocampal neurodegeneration. Mice (7 weeks old, C57BL/6) administered TMT (2.6mg/kg intraperitoneally) presented severe neurodegenerative lesions in the dentate gyrus (DG) and showed behavioral seizure activity on days 1-4 post-treatment, after which the lesions and behavior recovered spontaneously over time...
September 7, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Jasmine L Loveland, Russell D Fernald
Despite continued study on the neurobiological bases of aggressive and sexual behaviors, it is still not well understood how the brain integrates social information with physiological and neural states to produce context-specific behavioral outcomes. In fishes, manipulation of endogenous levels of arginine vasotocin (AVT) through peripheral and intracerebroventricular pharmacological injections results in significant changes in social behaviors, including aggressive and reproduction-related behaviors. In addition, many features of AVT neurons have been shown to correlate with social status and associated behavioral phenotypes...
September 5, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
ZhiQiang Chen, Lu Zhang, JingTing Yu, LiangKe Chen, Bo Zhou
The potential to promote neovascularization in ischemic tissues using exogenous agents is an attractive avenue for therapeutics. To identify novel pro-angiogenic small-molecule compound, we screened a series of resveratrol methylated derivatives and identified 3,3',4,4', 5,5'-hexamethoxy-trans-stilbene (3,3',4,4',5,5'-HMS) potently promotes proliferation, migration, invasion and tube formation of human umbilical vein VECs (HUVECs) in vitro. Furthermore, 3,3',4,4',5,5'-HMS accelerates neo-vessels sprouting of rat aortic rings ex vivo, and neovascularization of chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) and mouse matrigel plugs in vivo...
August 31, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Xike Qin, Yunling Wang, Hemant K Paudel
Accumulation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) in the brain is regarded as central to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Aβ is generated by a sequential cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β-secretase 1 (BACE-1) followed by γ-secretase. BACE-1 cleavage of APP is the committed step in Aβ synthesis. Understanding the mechanism by which BACE-1 is activated leading to Aβ synthesis in the brain can provide better understanding of AD pathology and help to develop novel therapies. In this study, we found that the levels of Aβ and BACE-1 are significantly reduced in the brains of mice lacking transcription factor early growth response 1 (Egr-1) when compared with the WT...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hayeong Kwon, Jaewoong Lee, Kyuho Jeong, Donghwan Jang, Moonjeong Choi, Yunbae Pak
Association of Caveolin-2 in the inner nuclear membrane specifically with A-type lamin is crucial for the maintenance of its Tyr-19 phosphorylation to promote insulin-response epigenetic activation at the nuclear periphery. Here, we identify that pY19-Caveolin-2 in the inner nuclear membrane exists as homo-oligomeric forms and the A-type lamin is required for sustenance of its oligomeric status. Oligomerization-defective and hence pY19-dephosphorylated monomeric Caveolin-2 in the inner nuclear membrane is unable to carry out Caveolin-2-mediated epigenetic activation of Egr-1 and JunB genes and transactivation of Elk-1 and STAT3 in response to insulin...
August 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Pra da Rosa, Amp Dau, M P De Cesaro, J T Dos Santos, B G Gasperin, R Duggavathi, V Bordignon, Pbd Gonçalves
The LH surge induces functional and morphological changes in granulosa cells. Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an integrator of signalling pathways in multiple cell types. We hypothesized that mTOR kinase activity integrates and modulates molecular pathways induced by LH in granulosa cells during the preovulatory period. Cows were ovariectomized and granulosa cells collected at 0, 3, 6, 12 and 24 hr after GnRH injection. While RHEB mRNA levels increased at 3 and 6 hr, returning to basal levels by 12 hr after GnRH treatment, RHOA mRNA levels increased at 6 hr and remained high thereafter...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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