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Keisuke Handa, Syouta Abe, V Venkata Suresh, Yoshiyasu Fujieda, Masaki Ishikawa, Ai Orimoto, Yoko Kobayashi, Satoru Yamada, Satoko Yamaba, Shinya Murakami, Masahiro Saito
OBJECTIVE: Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a systemic connective tissue disorder caused by insufficient fibrillin-1 (FBN-1), a major component of microfibrils that controls the elasticity and integrity of connective tissues. FBN-1 insufficiency in MFS leads to structural weakness, which causes various tissue disorders, including cardiovascular and periodontal disease. However, the role of FBN-1 insufficiency in the destruction and regeneration of connective tissue has not yet been clarified...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Li Li, Mingxia Wu, Chengqiang Wang, Zanyang Yu, Hongmei Wang, Hongyi Qi, Xiaoyu Xu
β-asarone, the main component in the volatile oil of Acori tatarinowii Rhizoma, has been found to possess antitumor activity. However, its effect and mechanisms against tumor invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are still unclear. In this study, no or less cytotoxicity was caused by β-asarone within 0-120 μM in human glioma U251 cells for 48 h. β-asarone (30 and 60 μM) inhibited the migration of U251 cells in the wound healing assay, suppressed the invasion of U251 cells in the Boyden chamber invasion assay, and inhibited the adhesion of U251 cells onto the Matrigel...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jianwen Long, Qiqige Menggen, Qimige Wuren, Quan Shi, Xianming Pi
BACKGROUND Malignant melanoma is a class of malignant tumors derived from melanocytes. lncRNAs have been considered as pro-/anti-tumor factors in progression of cancers. The function of lncRNA TUG1 on growth of melanoma was investigated in this study. MATERIAL AND METHODS The TUG1 and miR-129-5p expression were examined via qRT-PCR. The protein expression was investigated by Western blotting assay. Luciferase reporter assay was used to assess if lncRNA TUG1 can bind to miR-129-5p and if miR-129-5p can target AEG1 mRNA...
March 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Yingying Liu, Yudiao Huang, Yueyue Xu, Peng Qu, Minghua Wang
Increased transendothelial permeability and subsequent blood-brain barrier damage play a key role in the pathological progression of human brain ischemia and secondary reperfusion. Memantine is a licensed drug providing clinically relevant efficacy in patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, little information is known regarding its effects on brain endothelial permeability. In this study, we investigated the effects of memantine on endothelial permeability and the underlying mechanisms in an ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury model in primary human brain microvascular endothelial cells...
March 15, 2018: IUBMB Life
Chun-I Wang, Chia-Jung Yu, Yenlin Huang, Jui-Shan Yi, Hsing-Wen Cheng, Huang-Kai Kao, William Wei-Kai Lao, Kai-Ping Chang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to elucidate the clinicopathological associations and molecular mechanisms of karyopherin alpha 2 (KPNA2) in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) progression. METHODS: The KPNA2 expressions were analyzed by immunohistochemistry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 209 tissues and 181 saliva samples, respectively. The functions of KPNA2 in migration and invasion were examined in KPNA2-knowdown cells. The matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) levels were determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
March 15, 2018: Head & Neck
Alireza Farsad-Naeimi, Mohammad Alizadeh, Ali Esfahani, Esmaeil Darvish Aminabad
A growing body of evidence indicates that inflammation is associated with tumorigenesis, metastasis and chemotherapeutic resistance in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Natural flavonoids are promising agents for inflammation-related tumor progression in patients with CRC. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of flavonoid fisetin supplementation on the inflammatory status and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) levels in these patients. In this double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, 37 CRC patients undergoing chemotherapy were assigned to receive either 100 mg fisetin (n = 18) or placebo (n = 19) for seven consecutive weeks...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Feng Shen, Qing Guo, Qi Hu, Ailiang Zeng, Weining Wu, Wei Yan, Yongping You
Nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) exhibits an important role in inflammation and tumorigenesis. The key regulatory protein of the pathway, RELB Proto-Oncogene, NF-KB Subunit (relB), is overexpressed and associated with the pathogenesis of a variety of malignant tumors. However, the molecular features and clinical signature of relB expression in gliomas remains to be elucidated. The present study obtained the raw sequencing data of 325 glioma samples of all grades from the Chinese Glioma Genome Atlas (CGGA) database and human glioma cell line (LN229) from the Chinese Academy of Sciences cell bank...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Conglin Ye, Xiaolong Yu, Xuqiang Liu, Min Dai, Bin Zhang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, single-stranded, non-coding RNA molecules involved in cancer initiation and progression. The present study aimed to determine the effect of miRNA-30d (miR-30d) on the growth, malignant phenotype, and apoptosis of Ewing's sarcoma (ES) SK-ES-1 cells, and to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism and signaling pathway involved. Cell proliferation, invasion, migration, morphological changes, cell cycle distribution and apoptosis were investigated. Furthermore, the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) were examined, as was the activity of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathways...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yi Pan, Conglin Ye, Qingshan Tian, Songxin Yan, Xiaoping Zeng, Chu Xiao, Lingyun Wang, Hongmei Wang
Although microRNA (miR)-145 has been identified to be a tumor suppressor in various types of tumor, it promotes the progression of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the precise underlying molecular mechanism of its action remains unclear. The present study investigated the effects of miR-145 on the proliferation, invasion, metastasis and apoptosis of the NSCLC A549 cell line and the underlying molecular mechanism of its action. In vitro cell proliferation, invasion, migration and apoptosis assays were employed, and the expression levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) were evaluated by western blot analysis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yaqin Zhang, Yi Yuan, Heming Wu, Zhuoying Xie, Yunong Wu, Xiaomeng Song, Jingjing Wang, Wei Shu, Junyong Xu, Bin Liu, Linzhong Wan, Yanan Yan, Xu Ding, Xinghui Shi, Yongchu Pan, Xiaokang Li, Jianrong Yang, Xiaohui Zhao, Lin Wang
Despite significant advances in therapy, the five-year survival rates for patients with advanced stage oral cancers still remains poor as an appropriate treatment has not been found yet, due to side effects of chemo/radiotherapy. Verbascoside (VB), a major bioactive constituent of the Tsoong herb, displays pharmacological properties by exhibiting anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities. However, the underlining function and mechanism of VB in human oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remains unclear...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Hyun-Joo Kim, Gil Sun Cha, Hyung-Joon Kim, Eun-Young Kwon, Ju-Youn Lee, Jeomil Choi, Ji-Young Joo
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of Porphyromonas gingivalis ( P. gingivalis ) to induce oxidation of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and to determine whether the oxidized HDL induced by P. gingivalis exhibited altered antiatherogenic function or became proatherogenic. Methods: P. gingivalis and THP-1 monocytes were cultured, and the extent of HDL oxidation induced by P. gingivalis was evaluated by a thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) assay...
February 2018: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
Satyanarayana Achanta, Narendranath Reddy Chintagari, Marian Brackmann, Shrilatha Balakrishna, Sven-Eric Jordt
The skin is highly sensitive to the chemical warfare agent in mustard gas, sulfur mustard (SM) that initiates a delayed injury response characterized by erythema, inflammation and severe vesication (blistering). Although SM poses a continuing threat, used as recently as in the Syrian conflict, no mechanism-based antidotes against SM are available. Recent studies demonstrated that Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), a chemosensory cation channel in sensory nerves innervating the skin, is activated by SM and 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES), an SM analog, in vitro, suggesting it may promote vesicant injury...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Tingting Hu, Mengyun Yao, Xiaoxia Fu, Chaolu Chen, Ruijin Wu
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as part of environmental contaminants, have been proved to be related to endometriosis. This study is to investigate the effect of PCB 104 on cell migration, invasion and resultant gene expression in endometrial stromal cells (ESCs). Fifty-three specimens of eutopic endometrial tissues were collected from twenty-four women with endometriosis (EU-EMS) and twenty-nine women without endometriosis (EU-NON). Both EU-EMS and EU-NON were divided into the PCB 104 exposure group and the control group according to whether they were exposed to PCB 104...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology Letters
J Wu, H Zhang, W Zhang, J Zhang, X Lin, G Xue, F Gao
Trefoil factor 3 (TFF3), a regulatory protein composed of 59 amino acids, has been suggested to be involved in pathogen- esis, proliferation, invasion, migration and apoptosis in multiple malignant tumors. However, the roles of TFF3 concerning the viability, migration and invasion in papillary thyroid carcinoma cells have not yet been studied. This study aimed to investigate the effect of TFF3 knockdown on a thyroid papillary carcinoma TPC-1 cell line both in vitro and in vivo. In the present study, lentivirus-mediated short hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting TFF3 plasmids were first constructed and stable TPC-1 cells were obtained while their TFF3 gene was silenced with either shTFF3-TPC-1, or a scrambled shRNA control...
2018: Neoplasma
Z Tao, J A Huang, S S Chen, Y Hu
Objective: To investigate the treatment effect of carboxyamidotriazole (CAI) on bleomycin induced lung fibrosis in mice, and the potential mechanism involved. Methods: A total of 45 mice were divided into three groups randomly. Blank control group (blank group): after a one-time tail vein injection of saline solution 0.2 ml, mice were given polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG-400) 0.1 ml/10 g by gavage once daily for 14 days; the bleomycin group (BLM group): after a one-time tail vein injection of bleomycin 150 mg/kg, mice were given PEG-400 solution 0...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Mimi Ghosh, Mariel Jais, Roshni Biswas, Jason Jarin, Jason Daniels, Christopher Joy, Monika Juzumaite, Vanessa Emmanuel, Veronica Gomez-Lobo
PROBLEM: Adolescent girls are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, accounting for 22% of all new HIV infections globally. Yet little is known regarding the immune microenvironment of the adolescent female reproductive tract, especially regarding differences among sexually active and inactive girls, a critical parameter to evaluate HIV susceptibility associated with young age and sexual debut. METHODS: Cervico-vaginal lavage (CVL) was collected from sexually active (10) and inactive (8) girls aged 11-19 years and analyzed by ELISA for inflammation-associated biomarkers IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, MIP-3α, IL-1α, IL-1β, matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, as well as anti-HIV mediators, Elafin, SLPI, human beta-defensin 2, and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP) 1 and 2...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Shaohui Wang, Yu Yan, Zhekang Cheng, Yanlan Hu, Tongxiang Liu
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is associated with tumor invasion and metastasis, and offers insight into novel strategies for cancer treatment. Sotetsuflavone was isolated from Cycas revolute , which has excellent anticancer activity in the early stages. The present study aims to evaluate the anti-metastatic potential of sotetsuflavone in vitro. Our data demonstrated that sotetsuflavone inhibits metastasis of A549 cells, and EMT. This inhibition was reflected in the upregulation of E-cadherin, and downregulation of N-cadherin, vimentin, and Snail...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Letícia Sayuri Murase, João Vítor Perez de Souza, Quirino Alves de Lima Neto, Tatiane França Perles de Mello, Bruna Muller Cardoso, Daniele Stéfanie Sara Lopes Lera-Nonose, Jorge Juarez Vieira Teixeira, Maria Valdrinez Campana Lonardoni, Izabel Galhardo Demarchi
This is a systematic review on the role of metalloproteases in the pathogenicity of the American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) caused by New World Leishmania species. The review followed the PRISMA method, searching for articles in PubMed, EMBASE, LILACS and ISI Web of Science, by employing the following terms: 'leishmaniasis', 'cutaneous leishmaniasis', 'mucocutaneous leishmaniasis', 'diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis', 'Leishmania' and 'metalloproteases'. GP63 of New World Leishmania species is a parasite metalloproteases involved in the degradation and cleavage of many biological molecules as kappa-B nuclear factor, fibronectin, tyrosine phosphatases...
March 13, 2018: Parasitology
Mohsen Hanifeh, Minna Marjaana Rajamäki, Pernilla Syrjä, Laura Mäkitalo, Susanne Kilpinen, Thomas Spillmann
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) 2 and 9 are zinc- and calcium-dependent endopeptidases involved in the breakdown and reconstitution of extracellular matrix under both physiological and pathological conditions. Mucosal MMP-2 and -9 activities have been reported to be upregulated in the intestine of humans with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and in animal models of IBD. However, their involvement in the pathogenesis of canine chronic enteropathies (CE) is unknown. This study investigated mucosal pro- and active MMP-2 and -9 activities in dogs with CE and healthy dogs using gelatin zymography, and also to determine the association of their activities in dogs with CE with the canine IBD activity index (CIBDAI), histopathologic findings, the clinical outcome, and hypoalbuminemia...
March 12, 2018: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Serena H Chen, Seung-Gu Kang, Judong Luo, Ruhong Zhou
Unlike most matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitors, which target the conserved catalytic zinc site, Gd@C82 (OH)22 indirectly inhibits MMP-9 activity by binding at the ligand specificity S1' loop. The allosteric binding makes Gd@C82 (OH)22 a promising inhibitor selective for MMP-9. However, the hydrophobic nature of the aromatic carbon cage may cause Gd@C82 (OH)22 to self-aggregate in aqueous solutions, hence weakening the binding. In this study, we designed Gd@C82 (OH)22 derivatives aiming at improving the binding affinity for MMP-9...
March 12, 2018: Nanoscale
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