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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737765/adrenocorticotropic-hormone-and-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-enhance-human-osteogenesis-in-vitro-by-synergistically-accelerating-the-expression-of-bone-specific-genes
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Irina L Tourkova, Li Liu, Nareerat Sutjarit, Quitterie C Larrouture, Jianhua Luo, Lisa J Robinson, Harry C Blair
To improve definition of the physical and hormonal support of bone formation, we studied differentiation of human osteoblasts in vitro at varying combinations of ACTH, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D), and extracellular calcium, with and without added cortisol. Bone mineralization, alkaline phosphatase activity, and osteoblast-specific markers RunX2, osterix, and collagen I increased with 10 pM ACTH, 10 nM 1,25(OH)2D, or at 2 mM calcium with important synergistic activity of combinations of any of these stimuli...
July 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737698/platycodon-grandiflorus-root-extract-improves-learning-and-memory-by-enhancing-synaptogenesis-in-mice-hippocampus
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Jin-Il Kim, Seong Gak Jeon, Kyoung Ah Kim, Jwa-Jin Kim, Eun Ji Song, Yukyoung Jeon, Eunbin Kim, Kyung Bok Lee, Jong Hwan Kwak, Minho Moon
Platycodon grandiflorus (Jacq.) A.DC. (PG) has long been used as an ingredient of foods and is known to have beneficial effects on cognitive functions as well. The present study examined the effect of each PG extract (PGE) from root, aerial part, and seeds on cognitive functions in mice. Changes in spatial learning and memory using a Y-maze test, and markers of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and synaptogenesis were examined. Moreover, changes in neuritogenesis and activation of the ERK1/2 pathway were investigated...
July 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736799/rankl-induced-osteoclastogenesis-is-suppressed-by-4-o-methylhonokiol-in-bone-marrow-derived-macrophages
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Kyung-Ran Park, Ji-Youn Kim, Eun-Cheol Kim, Hyung-Mun Yun, Jin Tae Hong
Magnolol, honokiol, and obovatol are well known bioactive constituents of the bark of Magnolia officinalis and have been reported to have beneficial effects in various diseases. We recently isolated a novel active compound, 4-O-methylhonokiol (4-O-MH) from the ethanol extract of M. officinalis, which was previously reported to have pharmacological effects including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-aging activities. Here, we examined the pharmacological properties of 4-O-MH on osteoblast (bone-forming cells) and osteoclast (bone-resorbing cells) differentiation, and its underlying signaling pathways in primary cultured pre-osteoblasts and bone marrow macrophages...
July 24, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736153/in-vitro-study-of-gonadotrophin-signaling-pathways-in-human-granulosa-cells-in-relation-to-progesterone-receptor-expression
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Soledad Henríquez, Paulina Kohen, Alex Muñoz, Ana Godoy, Felipe Orge, Jerome F Strauss, Luigi Devoto
In humans, data on gonadotrophin-activated (LH, HCG and FSH) progesterone receptor expression and signalling pathways involved in matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) expression presumably linked to the follicle rupture, are limited. Our hypothesis is LH, HCG and FSH increase progesterone receptor expression in granulosa cells through different signalling pathways, leading to an increased expression of ADAMTS-1 and MMP3/10, which may mediate follicular rupture through the transcription factor, HIF1A. Human granulosa cells were isolated from follicular aspirates obtained from 22 healthy women participating in our IVF programme for male-factor infertility...
June 23, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736035/propane-2-sulfonic-acid-octadec-9-enyl-amide-a-novel-ppar%C3%AE-%C3%AE-dual-agonist-protects-against-ischemia-induced-brain-damage-in-mice-by-inhibiting-inflammatory-responses
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Ying Li, Lanxi Xu, Kaiyue Zeng, Zhentian Xu, Daqin Suo, Lu Peng, Tong Ren, Zhiheng Sun, Wushuang Yang, Xin Jin, Lichao Yang
Propane-2-sulfonic acid octadec-9-enyl-amide (N15), an analogue of oleoylethanolamide (OEA), is a novel PPARα/γ dual agonist. Our previous studies verified the positive effects of OEA on the acute and delayed stages of cerebral ischemia. However, it is not clear whether N15 is effective against ischemic cerebral injury. In the present study, male Kunming mice were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). To evaluate its preventive effects, N15 (50, 100 or 200 mg/kg, ip) was administered for 3 days before ischemia...
July 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734947/platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-contributes-to-human-hepatic-stellate-cell-proliferation-and-migration
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Alexander Kikuchi, Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, Sucha Singh, Shanmugam Nagarajan, Nick Loizos, Satdarshan Monga
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα), a tyrosine kinase receptor, is up-regulated in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during chronic liver injury. HSCs mediate hepatic fibrosis through their activation from a quiescent state partially in response to pro-fibrotic growth factors. HSC activation entails enhanced expression of pro-fibrotic genes, increase in proliferation, and increase in motility, which facilitates migration within the hepatic lobule. We show co-localization of PDGFRα in murine carbon tetrachloride, bile duct ligation (BDL), and 0...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734155/activation-of-mtor-is-involved-in-anti-%C3%AE-2gpi-%C3%AE-2gpi-induced-expression-of-tissue-factor-and-il-8-in-monocytes
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Longfei Xia, Hong Zhou, Ting Wang, Yachao Xie, Ting Wang, Xiaoyan Wang, Jinchuan Yan
Previous study has demonstrated that activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway in endothelial cells (ECs) results in the formation of chronic vascular lesions associated with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). In addition, it has been shown that stimulation of monocytes and ECs by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) leads to a prothrombotic and proinflammatory state and up-regulated expression of tissue factor (TF) and inflammatory cytokines. However, the role of mTOR in pathogenic mechanisms of APS remains largely unexplored...
June 1, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733814/neuroprotective-effect-of-ipriflavone-against-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-in-rats
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Hani S Hafez, Doaa A Ghareeb, Samar R Saleh, Mariam M Abady, Maha A El Demellawy, Hend Hussien, Nihad Abdel-Monem
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder characterized clinically by a progressive loss of memory and cognitive functions resulting in severe dementia. Ipriflavone (IPRI) is a non-hormonal, semi-synthetic isoflavone, clinically used in some countries for the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Moreover, ipriflavone is a non-peptidomimetic small molecule AChE inhibitor with an improved bioavailability after systemic administration, due to its efficient blood-brain barrier permeability in comparison with peptidomimetic inhibitors...
July 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733527/effects-of-chinese-herbal-medicines-on-the-occurrence-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-and-protection-of-arpe-19-retina-cells-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress
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Fuu-Jen Tsai, Te-Mao Li, Cheng-Hang Ko, Chi-Fung Cheng, Tsung-Jung Ho, Xiang Liu, Hsinyi Tsang, Ting-Hsu Lin, Chiu-Chu Liao, Ju-Pi Li, Shao-Mei Huang, Jung-Chun Lin, Chih-Chien Lin, Wen-Miin Liang, Ying-Ju Lin
Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of type 2 diabetes and the leading cause of acquired blindness. In Taiwan, Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is a popular adjunctive therapy. In this study, we investigated the CHM prescription patterns and their effects. We identified 23,701 subjects with type 2 diabetes in a database, and after matching for age and gender, 6,948 patients each were assigned to CHM and non-CHM groups. In the female subgroups, the cumulative retinopathy probability was lower for the CHM users than that for the CHM non-users (P < 0...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733231/tussilagonone-induced-nrf2-pathway-activation-protects-hepg2-cells-from-oxidative-injury
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Kyung-Mi Lee, Tae Yeon Kwon, Unwoo Kang, Eun Kyoung Seo, Ji Ho Yun, Chu Won Nho, Yeong Shik Kim
Tussilagonone is a compound derived from the medicinal plant Tussilago farfara L., which is used as a traditional medicine for respiratory diseases, including asthma and pneumonia. Recent reports suggest that tussilagonone exhibits anti-inflammatory effects; however, the scope of protective functions has not been elucidated yet. In this study, we demonstrate that tussilagonone enhances cellular detoxification by increasing quinone reductase activity in Hepa1c1c7 cells. In addition, tussilagonone decreased tert-butyl hydroperoxide(t-BHP)-induced ROS production and cell death, suggesting that it also acts as a potent antioxidant...
July 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731137/phosphorylation-of-bcl-2-plays-an-important-role-in-glycochenodeoxycholate-induced-survival-and-chemoresistance-in-hcc
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Maojun Zhou, Qi Zhang, Jinfeng Zhao, Mingmei Liao, Sailan Wen, Manyi Yang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly malignant tumor and can evolve rapidly to resistance to chemotherapies. Glycochenodeoxycholate (GCDA), which is toxic and hydrophobic, is the main ingredient in the bile and associated with carcinogenesis of gastrointenstinal tumors. Bcl-2 is the most important anti-apoptotic protein and overexpressed in various human tumors. In the present study, we found that GCDA can induce the chemoresistance of human liver cancer cells and specific depletion of Bcl-2 by RNA interference blocks GCDA-stimulated chemoresistance, which indicate the pivotal role of Bcl-2 in such process...
July 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730964/ccl2-is-modulated-by-cytokines-and-ppar-g-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer
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Silvia Martina Ferrari, Giusy Elia, Simona Piaggi, Enke Baldini, Salvatore Ulisse, Mario Miccoli, Gabriele Materazzi, Alessandro Antonelli, Poupak Fallahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand (CCL)2, the prototype Th2 chemokine, is secreted by tumor cells, and has growth promoting effects. Whether CCL2 protumorigenic activities will be validated, then CCL2 and its receptor CCR2 may be therapeutic targets in cancer. METHODS: We tested in "primary human anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) cells" (ANA) versus "normal thyroid follicular cells" (TFC): a) CCL2 secretion basally, after IFN-g and/or TNF-a stimulation; b) PPARg activation by thiazolidinediones (TZDs), rosiglitazone or pioglitazone, on CCL2 secretion, and on proliferation and apoptosis in ANA...
July 19, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730748/extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-activation-in-the-spinal-cord-contributes-to-visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-craniofacial-injury-followed-by-stress
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Y-J Zhao, J-H Li, B Hu, Y Wang, X-F Chang, R J Traub, D-Y Cao
BACKGROUND: We previously developed an animal model to examine mechanisms that underlie the emergence of visceral hypersensitivity modeling pain characteristics of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients with comorbid irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In ovariectomized (OVx) rats with estradiol (E2) replacement, visceral hypersensitivity developed subsequent to masseter muscle inflammation followed by repeated forced swim (FS) stress. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the spinal cord contributes to visceral hypersensitivity in this overlapping pain model...
July 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730511/intermediate-molecular-mass-hyaluronan-and-cd44-receptor-interactions-enhance-neutrophil-phagocytosis-and-il-8-production-via-p38-and-erk1-2-mapk-signalling-pathways
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Cheng-Hsun Lu, Chia-Huei Lin, Ko-Jen Li, Chieh-Yu Shen, Cheng-Han Wu, Yu-Min Kuo, Ting-Syuan Lin, Chia-Li Yu, Song-Chou Hsieh
CD44 is a common leukocyte adhesion molecule expressed on the surface of various cells. Hyaluronan (HA), the natural ligand of CD44, is a simple repeated disaccharide with variable molecular mass that is widely distributed on cell surfaces and the connective tissue matrix. The binding of small molecular mass HA (SMM-HA, MW < 80 kDa) to CD44 on immune-related cells elicits cell proliferation, differentiation, and cytokine production. However, the effects and molecular basis of intermediate molecular mass HA (IMM-HA, MW ≈ 500 kDa)-CD44 interactions on polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) functions have not been elucidated...
July 20, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730075/ccr7-p-erk1-2-vegf-signaling-promotes-retinal-neovascularization-in-a-mouse-model-of-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
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Lin-Hui Yuan, Xiao-Long Chen, Yu Di, Mei-Lin Liu
AIM: To investigate the role of CCR7/p-ERK1/2/VEGF signaling in the mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR). METHODS: Neonatal C57BL/6J mice were evenly randomized into four groups: normoxia, OIR, OIR control (treated with scramble siRNA), and OIR treated (treated with CCR7 siRNA). Normoxia group was not specially handled. Postnatal day 7 (P7) mice in the OIR group were exposed to 75%±5% oxygen for 5d (P7-P12) and then maintained under normoxic conditions for 5d (P12-P17)...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729229/pharbitis-nil-pn-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-autophagy-inhibition-enhances-pn-induced-apoptosis
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Hyun Jin Jung, Ju-Hee Kang, Seungho Choi, Youn Kyoung Son, Kang Ro Lee, Je Kyung Seong, Sun Yeou Kim, Seung Hyun Oh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pharbitis Nil (PN) is used as a main component of the existing drug, DA-9701, which was developed to treat functional dyspepsia (FD) in Korea. PN extracts isolated from its seeds have been reported to have anticancer effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to investigate the underlying mechanism of the chemotherapeutic effects of PN in lung cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed MTT assays, colony formation assays, flow cytometry assays, Western blot analysis, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunofluorescence analysis, and cell counting assays to study the molecular mechanism of chemotherapeutic effects of PN in lung cancer cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729092/annexin-a2-modulated-proliferation-of-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-depends-on-caveolae-and-caveolin-1-in-hepatopulmonary-syndrome
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Lin Liao, Binwu Zheng, Bin Yi, Chang Liu, Lin Chen, Ziyang Zeng, Jing Gao
We have established that annexin A2 (ANXA2) is an important factor in the experimental hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) serum-induced proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). However, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. ANXA2 translocated to the caveolin-enriched microdomains (caveolae) in PASMCs upon HPS serum stimulation. The disruption of caveolae by Methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) alleviated the caveolae recruitment of ANXA2 and the ANXA2-mediated activation of ERK1/2 and NF-κB, so that ANXA2-modulated PASMC proliferation was suppressed...
July 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729074/proteomic-analysis-of-the-effects-of-nur77-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-microglial-activation
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Yan Chen, Yuexinzi Jin, Hui Zhan, Jian Chen, Yanting Chen, Hailan Meng, Jiali Jin, Linjie Yu, Xiang Cao, Yun Xu
Microglia are critical components of the immune response in the central nervous system. Our study aims to explore potential role of Nur77 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced microglial activation. Primary wild-type and Nur77(-/-) microglia were stimulated with LPS and protein extracts were detected via mass spectrometry. Q-PCR and western blotting were performed to validate candidate proteins. A total of 2004 proteins were identified, with 749 and 677 significantly differentially expressed proteins in wild-type and Nur77(-/-) microglia in resting and activated states, respectively...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729052/tedizolid-inhibits-muc5ac-production-induced-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-human-airway-epithelial-cells
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Kazuaki Takeda, Norihito Kaku, Yoshitomo Morinaga, Kosuke Kosai, Naoki Uno, Yoshifumi Imamura, Hiroo Hasegawa, Taiga Miyazaki, Koichi Izumikawa, Hiroshi Mukae, Katsunori Yanagihara
The innate immune system plays an important role in early immunity against respiratory tract infection. Although airway epithelial cells produce mucus to eliminate pathogens and irritants, hypersecretion of mucus is harmful for the host as it may cause airway obstruction and inhibit influx of antimicrobial agents. It has been reported that several antimicrobial agents have an immunomodulatory effect in vitro and in vivo, but little is known about whether tedizolid, a novel oxazolidinone, can modulate immune responses...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729042/effects-of-%C3%AE-blockers-on-house-dust-mite-driven-murine-models-pre-and-post-development-of-an-asthma-phenotype
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Radhika Joshi, Daniel Valdez, Hosu Kim, Douglas C Eikenburg, Brian J Knoll, Richard A Bond
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies suggested certain β-adrenoceptor blockers (β-blockers) attenuate the asthma phenotype in ovalbumin driven murine models of asthma. However, the ovalbumin model has been criticized for lack of clinical relevance. METHODS: We tested the non-selective β-blockers, carvedilol and nadolol, in house dust mite (HDM) driven murine asthma models where drugs were administered both pre- and post-development of the asthma phenotype. We measured inflammation, mucous metaplasia, and airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR)...
July 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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