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Xiao Wei, Zongshi Lu, Tao Yang, Peng Gao, Sijiao Chen, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: High salt consumption is a major risk factor for hypertension, and sodium homeostasis is regulated by both intestinal sodium absorption and urinary sodium excretion. Chronic caffeine intake has been reported to attenuate salt-sensitive hypertension by promoting urinary sodium excretion; however, its exact role in intestinal sodium absorption remains unknown. Here, we investigated whether and how chronic caffeine consumption antagonizes salt-sensitive hypertension by inhibiting intestinal sodium absorption...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Yuanyuan Zhou, Xia Zheng, Jiaojiao Lu, Wei Chen, Xu Li, Le Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The Warburg effect is one of the main energy metabolism features supporting cancer cell growth. 20(S)-Rg3 exerts anti-tumor effect on ovarian cancer partly by inhibiting the Warburg effect. microRNAs are important regulators of the Warburg effect. However, the microRNA regulatory network mediating the anti-Warburg effect of 20(S)-Rg3 was largely unknown. METHODS: microRNA deep sequencing was performed to identify the 20(S)-Rg3-influenced microRNAs in SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Daniel Navin Olschewski, Verena Hofschröer, Nikolaj Nielsen, Daniela G Seidler, Albrecht Schwab, Christian Stock
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The peptide hormone angiotensin II (ATII) plays a prominent role in regulating vasoconstriction and blood pressure. Its primary target is the angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1), the stimulation of which induces an increase in cytosolic [Ca2+] and calmodulin activation. Ca2+-bound (activated) calmodulin stimulates the activity of the Na+/ H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1); and increased NHE1 activity is known to promote melanoma cell motility. The competitive AT1 receptor inhibitor losartan is often used to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Hai-Cheng Dou, Jun-Yu Chen, Tang-Fei Ran, Wei-Min Jiang
The treatment goal in spinal cord injury (SCI) is to repair neurites and suppress cell apoptosis. Panax quinquefolius saponin (PQS) is the major active ingredient of American ginseng and has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic roles in various diseases. However, the potential effect of PQS on the pathological process of acute SCI remains unknown. This work tested the effects of PQS on acute SCI and clarified its potential mechanisms. PQS treatment ameliorated the damage to spinal tissue and improved the functional recovery after SCI...
March 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Fan Jiang, Jue Liu, Xinyue Zeng, Liqin Yu, Chunsheng Liu, Jianghua Wang
Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) is an environmental contaminant that poses serious risks to aquatic organisms and their associated ecosystem. Recently, the reproductive and developmental toxicology of TBOEP has been reported. However, fewer studies have assessed the neurotoxic effects in zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae. In this study, zebrafish embryos were subjected to waterborne exposure of TBOEP at 0, 50, 500, 1500 and 2500 μg/L from 2 to 144-h post-fertilization (hpf). Behavioral measurements showed that TBOEP exposure reduced embryonic spontaneous movement and decreased swimming speed of larvae in response to dark stimulation...
March 13, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Ying Huang, Fang Liu, Fang Zhang, Pingsheng Liu, Tao Xu, Wenjun Ding
Numerous studies have demonstrated that vanadium compounds are able to improve lipemia and triglyceridemia in both humans and animals. However, the molecular mechanism remains elusive. The present study was conducted to investigate the anti-hyperlipidemic effect of vanadium(IV) complex with 4-chlorodipicolinic acid (VOdipic-Cl)-induced autophagy on hepatic lipid accumulation. To explore the possible underlying mechanisms, primary rat hepatocytes, human hepatoma cell line HepG2, and liver tissue from C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) were used...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Marc Sorel, Naaman Zrek, Blanche Locko, Catherine Armessen, Samar S Ayache, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in glutamate/GABA balance of intracortical excitability produced by ketamine, delivered at subanaesthetic dose to treat patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). METHODS: In 19 patients with CRPS, we assessed the effect of a 5-day ketamine protocol on various clinical aspects, including pain and depression, and on cortical excitability parameters provided by transcranial magnetic stimulation testing. RESULTS: The rest motor threshold (RMT) and the amplitude of the motor evoked potentials at 120% of RMT were not modified after ketamine therapy...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Fengbo Li, Xiaoyu Li, Pu Cui
Paecilomyces catenlannulatus (P. catenlannulatus) as a genus of entomogenous fungus presented a variety of surface reactive groups by batch characterizations. The detoxification of U(VI) by P. catenlannulatus was investigated under different water chemistry (pH, incubation time, foreign anions and U(VI) concentration) by batch techniques. Approximately 75% of U(VI) was reduced to U(IV) (i.e., U(IV) O2 (s)) by P. catenlannulatus at pH 5.5 and 7 days under glovebox conditions, therefore the formation of precipitates decreased the toxicity of U(VI) for P...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Fang Guo, Yong Zou, Yongjiang Zheng
Moracin M, a phenolic component obtained from Mori Cortex, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory activities. The present study was designed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of Moracin M on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) in intervertebral disc. NPCs were treated with moracin M at different concentrations for 1 h and then stimulated with LPS (0.5 μg/mL) for 24 h. The result demonstrated that moracin M could significantly inhibit LPS-induced inflammation. The elevated levels of IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-6 induced by LPS could be reversed by moracin M in NPCs...
March 17, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Dongdong Guo, Xinyi Hu, Haojie Zhang, Chenghua Lu, Guangwei Cui, Xingjing Luo
Neuropathic pain affects patients worldwide. The therapeutic effects of current methods are still poor. This study was performed to investigate the neuro-protective effect of orientin in rats with spinal nerve ligation (SNL). In this study, the paw mechanical withdrawal threshold (PWT) and the paw thermal withdrawal latency (PWL) behavioral assays indicated that orientin alleviated the warm and mechanical allodynia in rats with SNL. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) showed that orientin suppressed the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
March 17, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Hossein Amini-Khoei, Nastaran Kordjazy, Arya Haj-Mirzaian, Shayan Amiri, Arvin Haj-Mirzaian, Armin Shirzadian, Amin Hasanvand, Shima Balali-Dehkordi, Mahsa Hassanipoor, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
Anticonvulsant effects of minocycline have been explored recently. This study was designed to examine the anticonvulsant effect of acute administration of minocycline on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures in mouse considering the possible role of nitric oxide (NO)/NMDA pathway. We induced seizure using intravenous administration of PTZ. Our results showed that acute administration of minocycline increased the seizure threshold. Furthermore, co-administration of sub-effective doses of the non-selective nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, L-NAME (10 mg/kg) and the neuronal NOS inhibitor, 7-nitroindazole (40 mg/kg) enhanced the anticonvulsant effect of sub-effective dose of minocycline (40 mg/kg)...
March 20, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Makoto Ando, Takayuki Matsumoto, Shota Kobayashi, Maika Iguchi, Kumiko Taguchi, Tsuneo Kobayashi
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of KCa channels to endothelium-dependent hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-mediated relaxation induced by acetylcholine (ACh) in the superior mesenteric arteries of 7-month-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Upon inhibition of nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase, ACh-induced EDHF-mediated relaxation was found to be weaker in SHR than in age-matched Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY). These relaxations in both group were attenuated by combined treatment with small-conductance and intermediate-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (SKCa and IKCa) inhibitors, with the exception of relaxation resistant to inhibition of these channels in SHR (vs...
March 20, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Alfonso Méndez-Bravo, Elvis Marian Cortazar-Murillo, Edgar Guevara-Avendaño, Oscar Ceballos-Luna, Benjamín Rodríguez-Haas, Ana L Kiel-Martínez, Orlando Hernández-Cristóbal, José A Guerrero-Analco, Frédérique Reverchon
Rhizobacteria associated with crops constitute an important source of potentially beneficial microorganisms with plant growth promoting activity or antagonistic effects against phytopathogens. In this study, we evaluated the plant growth promoting activity of 11 bacterial isolates that were obtained from the rhizosphere of healthy avocado trees and from that of avocado trees having survived root rot infestations. Seven bacterial isolates, belonging to the genera Bacillus, Pseudomonas and Arthrobacter, promoted in vitro growth of Arabidopsis thaliana...
2018: PloS One
Aftab Ahmad, Mohammed F Abuzinadah, Huda M Alkreathy, Babajan Banaganapalli, Mohd Mujeeb
BACKGROUND: Ursolic acid (UA) is a promising molecule with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and potential anti-arthritic activity. METHODS: This study was undertaken to make formulation and evaluation of Ocimum sanctum L. leaf extract (OLE) loaded nano-structured lipid carriers (OLE-NLCs) for improved transdermal delivery of UA. Different surfactants, solid lipids and liquid lipids were used for the preparation of NLCs. The NLCs were developed using emulsion solvent diffusion and evaporation method...
2018: PloS One
Andrew Kaufman, Ezen Choo, Anna Koh, Robin Dando
Despite evidence that the ability to taste is weakened by obesity and can be rescued with weight loss intervention, few studies have investigated the molecular effects of obesity on the taste system. Taste bud cells undergo continual turnover even in adulthood, exhibiting an average life span of only a few weeks, tightly controlled by a balance of proliferation and cell death. Recent data reveal that an acute inflammation event can alter this balance. We demonstrate that chronic low-grade inflammation brought on by obesity reduces the number of taste buds in gustatory tissues of mice-and is likely the cause of taste dysfunction seen in obese populations-by upsetting this balance of renewal and cell death...
March 2018: PLoS Biology
Jing Jie, Yixin Zhang, Hongyue Zhou, Xiaoyu Zhai, Nannan Zhang, Hongyan Yuan, Weihua Ni, Guixiang Tai
Mucin 1 ( MUC1 ), being an oncogene, is an attractive target in tumor immunotherapy. Maltose binding protein (MBP) is a potent built-in adjuvant to enhance protein immunogenicity. Thus, a recombinant MUC1 and MBP antitumor vaccine (M-M) was constructed in our laboratory. To enhance the antitumor immune activity of M-M, CpG oligodeoxynucleotides 1826 (CpG 1826), a toll-like receptor-9 agonist, was examined in this study as an adjuvant. The combination of M-M and CpG 1826 significantly inhibited MUC1 -expressing B16 cell growth and prolonged the survival of tumor-bearing mice...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Timsy Uppal, Roni Sarkar, Ranjit Dhelaria, Subhash C Verma
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus or Human herpesvirus-8 (KSHV/HHV-8), an oncogenic human herpesvirus and the leading cause of cancer in HIV-infected individuals, is a major public health concern with recurring reports of epidemics on a global level. The early detection of KSHV virus and subsequent activation of the antiviral immune response by the host's immune system are crucial to prevent KSHV infection. The host's immune system is an evolutionary conserved system that provides the most important line of defense against invading microbial pathogens, including viruses...
March 20, 2018: Cancers
Sahla Belhadj, Olfa Hentati, Ghaith Hamdaoui, Khaskhoussi Fakhreddine, Elisa Maillard, Stéphanie Dal, Séverine Sigrist
Hyperglycemia occurs during diabetes and insulin resistance. It causes oxidative stress by increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, leading to cellular damage. Polyphenols play a central role in defense against oxidative stress. In our study, we investigated the antioxidant properties of simmondsin, a pure molecule present in jojoba seeds, and of the aqueous extract of jojoba seeds on fructose-induced oxidative stress in RINm5f beta cells. The exposure of RINm5f beta cells to fructose triggered the loss of cell viability (-48%, p < 0...
March 20, 2018: Nutrients
Hee Kyoung Kang, Moon-Chang Choi, Chang Ho Seo, Yoonkyung Park
Various organisms exist in the oceanic environment. These marine organisms provide an abundant source of potential medicines. Many marine peptides possess anticancer properties, some of which have been evaluated for treatment of human cancer in clinical trials. Marine anticancer peptides kill cancer cells through different mechanisms, such as apoptosis, disruption of the tubulin-microtubule balance, and inhibition of angiogenesis. Traditional chemotherapeutic agents have side effects and depress immune responses...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Quanwei Zhang, Qi Wang, Jishang Gong, Jiaxing Du, Yong Zhang, Xingxu Zhao
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) recapitulates many of the activities of insulin and promotes differentiation of myoblasts and osteoblasts, which likely contribute to genetic variations of growth potential. However, little is known about the functions and signaling properties of IGF2 variants in yaks. The over-expression vector and knockdown sequence of yak IGF2 were transfected into yak fibroblasts, and the effects were detected by a series of assays. IGF2 expression in yak muscle tissues was significantly lower than that of other tissues...
March 20, 2018: Genes
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