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Simon D Kloß, Wolfgang Schnick
The structural diversity of tetrahedra networks of phosphates can greatly be enhanced by introduction of mixed N/O anion positions. LiPr2 P4 N7 O3 exemplifies the benefits of N/O mixed anion positions as it is the first rare-earth (oxo)nitridophosphate with a single-layered structure and a degree of condensation (atomic ratio of tetrahedra centers (P) to tetrahedra corners (N/O atoms)) of 2/5. The compound was prepared through high-pressure metathesis starting from PrF3 , LiPN2 , Li2 O, and PON using a hydraulic 1000t press and the multianvil technique...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Eva Ramos, Alejandro Romero, Javier Egea, José Marco-Contelles, Javier Del Pino, Cristóbal de Los Ríos
AIM: The 1,8-naphthyridine CR80 (ethyl 5-amino-2-methyl-6,7,8,9-tetrahydrobenzo[b] [1,8]naphthyridine-3-carboxylate) has shown interesting neuroprotective properties in in vitro and in vivo models of neurodegeneration. In spite of these promising outcomes, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying CR80 actions need to be further explored. MATERIALS & METHODS: We herein report the signal transduction pathways involved in developmental, neuroprotective and stress-activated processes, as well as the gene expression regulation by CR80 in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells...
March 21, 2018: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Yingying Meng, Jing Zhang, Cong Yuan, Fenglin Zhang, Qin Fu, Han Su, Xiaotong Zhu, Lina Wang, Ping Gao, Gang Shu, Qingyan Jiang, Songbo Wang
This study aimed to investigate the effects of oleic acid (OA), a monounsaturated fatty acid, on HC11 mammary epithelial cells proliferation and peripubertal mammary gland development and explore the underlying mechanisms. HC11 cells and C57BL/6J mice were treated with OA. HC11 proliferation, peripubertal mammary gland development, and the involvement of CD36 and PI3K/Akt were assessed. In vitro , 100 μM OA significantly promoted HC11 proliferation by increasing Cyclin D1/3 and PCNA expression and decreasing p21 expression...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiuliang Dai, Qian Zhang, Zhenzhen Yu, Weiwei Sun, Rong Wang, Dengshun Miao
Previous studies have demonstrated that the polycomb repressor Bmi1 is universally expressed in all types of testicular cells and might regulate the spermatogonia proliferation, however, it is unclear whether Bmi1 plays a critical role in maintaining normal male fertility in vivo. To answer this question, we first confirmed that Bmi1 is universally expressed in all types of testicular cells and found that the gene relative expression levels of Bmi1 in testis were the highest relative to other organs. Then we investigated the role of Bmi1 in maintaining normal male fertility using Bmi1 knockout male mouse model...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Leonardo Elia, Paolo Kunderfranco, Pierluigi Carullo, Marco Vacchiano, Floriana Maria Farina, Ignacio Fernando Hall, Stefano Mantero, Cristina Panico, Roberto Papait, Gianluigi Condorelli, Manuela Quintavalle
Adult vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess the peculiar ability to de-differentiate in response to extracellular cues, such as vascular damage and inflammation. De-differentiated VSMCs are proliferative, migratory, and have decreased contractile capacity. VSMC dedifferentiation contributes not only to vascular repair, but also to cardiovascular pathologies, such as intimal hyperplasia/restenosis in coronary artery or peripheral vascular diseases and arterial aneurysm. We here demonstrate the role of ubiquitin-like, containing PHD and RING finger domains, 1 (UHRF1) as an epigenetic master regulator of VSMC plasticity...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Beatrice Bergström, Hans Carlsten, Anna-Karin Hultgård Ekwall
BACKGROUND: A key feature of joints in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the formation of hyperplastic destructive pannus tissue, which is orchestrated by activated fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). We have demonstrated that the RA risk gene and tumor suppressor Limb bud and heart development (LBH) regulates cell cycle progression in FLS. Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-line treatment for RA, but its mechanisms of action remain incompletely understood. Here, we studied the effects of MTX on mitogen-induced FLS proliferation and expression of cell cycle regulators in vitro...
March 20, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Kay D Beharry, Charles L Cai, Taimur Ahmad, Sibel Guzel, Gloria B Valencia, Jacob V Aranda
Neonatal intermittent hypoxia (IH) followed by re-oxygenation in normoxia or supplemental oxygen (IHR) increases the risk for severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The exact timing for the onset of retinal damage which may guide strategic interventions during retinal development, is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that chronic exposure of the immature retina to neonatal IH induces early manifestations of retinal damage that can be utilized as key time points for strategic pharmacologic intervention. Newborn rats were exposed to IH within 2 hours of birth (P0) until P14, or allowed to recover in room air (RA) from P14 to P21 (IHR)...
2018: Journal of Nature and Science
Feng Li, Dan Jin, Chuanxi Tang, Dianshuai Gao
Human glioma is one of the major malignancies worldwide with an increased mortality rate. Centrosomal protein of 55 kDa (CEP55) is an essential component of the CEP family and has been identified as a prognostic marker for multiple types of cancer. However, the function of CEP55 during glioma tumorigenesis remains unclear. In the present study, the data derived from the Oncomine database indicated that the expression of CEP55 is increased in glioma tissues compared with normal tissues. Furthermore, the expression of CEP55 was also increased at the level of mRNA and protein in glioma cell lines compared with normal human astrocytes...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Lívea Dornela Godoy, Eduardo H L Umeoka, Deidiane Elisa Ribeiro, Victor Rodrigues Santos, José Antunes-Rodrigues, Samia Regiane Lourenço Joca, Norberto Garcia-Cairasco
Evidences suggest the contributive role of early-life stress (ELS) to affective and anxiety disorders. Chronic exposure to the same stressor may generate habituation, while the exposure to different and repeated stressors gradually promotes maladaptive plasticity. Therefore, to further understand the effects of heterotypic stressors during early life period, male Wistar rat pups (P1-P21) were exposed to Multimodal ELS paradigm. Results indicate pups did not habituate to multimodal ELS and neonates respond to both physical and psychogenic stressors...
March 13, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
Panagiotis Galanos, George Pappas, Alexander Polyzos, Athanassios Kotsinas, Ioanna Svolaki, Nickolaos N Giakoumakis, Christina Glytsou, Ioannis S Pateras, Umakanta Swain, Vassilis L Souliotis, Alexandros G Georgakilas, Nicholas Geacintov, Luca Scorrano, Claudia Lukas, Jiri Lukas, Zvi Livneh, Zoi Lygerou, Dipanjan Chowdhury, Claus Storgaard Sørensen, Jiri Bartek, Vassilis G Gorgoulis
BACKGROUND: Genomic instability promotes evolution and heterogeneity of tumors. Unraveling its mechanistic basis is essential for the design of appropriate therapeutic strategies. In a previous study, we reported an unexpected oncogenic property of p21WAF1/Cip1 , showing that its chronic expression in a p53-deficient environment causes genomic instability by deregulation of the replication licensing machinery. RESULTS: We now demonstrate that p21WAF1/Cip1 can further fuel genomic instability by suppressing the repair capacity of low- and high-fidelity pathways that deal with nucleotide abnormalities...
March 16, 2018: Genome Biology
Masami Hayashi, Kayo Yoshida, Kohei Kitada, Akane Kizu, Daisuke Tachibana, Mitsuru Fukui, Takashi Morita, Masayasu Koyama
PURPOSE: To study the outcomes of mouse preimplantation embryos irradiated with low doses of X-rays (≤ 1 Gy) and investigate apoptosis and pluripotency of the irradiated embryos. METHODS: Mouse embryos at the 2-cell stage were collected for in vitro culture. After reaching the 8-cell stage, embryos were irradiated with various low doses of X-rays (0-1 Gy). Blastocysts with a normal appearance were transferred into a pseudopregnant uterus. The developmental rate to blastocysts and the survival rate following embryo transfer were examined...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Chia-Sheng Yen, Cheuk-Sing Choy, Wei-Jan Huang, Shiu-Wen Huang, Pin-Ye Lai, Meng-Chieh Yu, Ching Shiue, Ya-Fen Hsu, Ming-Jen Hsu
Growing evidence shows that hydroxamate-based compounds exhibit broad-spectrum pharmacological properties including anti-tumor activity. However, the precise mechanisms underlying hydroxamate derivative-induced cancer cell death remain incomplete understood. In this study, we explored the anti-tumor mechanisms of a novel aliphatic hydroxamate-based compound, WMJ-J-09, in FaDu head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells. WMJ-J-09 induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in FaDu cells. These actions were associated with liver kinase B1 (LKB1), AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) activation, transcription factor p63 phosphorylation, as well as modulation of p21 and survivin...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Natalia Papadopoulos, Johan Lennartsson, Carl-Henrik Heldin
Translocation of full-length or fragments of receptors to the nucleus has been reported for several tyrosine kinase receptors. In this paper, we show that a fraction of full-length cell surface platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor β (PDGFRβ) accumulates in the nucleus at the chromatin and the nuclear matrix after ligand stimulation. Nuclear translocation of PDGFRβ was dependent on PDGF-BB-induced receptor dimerization, clathrin-mediated endocytosis, β-importin, and intact Golgi, occurring in both normal and cancer cells...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Steven M Kornblau, Peter P Ruvolo, Rui-Yu Wang, V Lokesh Battula, Elisabeth J Shpall, Vivian R Ruvolo, Teresa McQueen, YiHua Qui, Zhihong Zeng, Sherry Pierce, Rodrigo Jacamo, Suk-Young Yoo, Phuong M Le, Jeffery Sun, Numsen Hail, Marina Konopleva, Michael Andreeff
Mesenchymal stromal cells support acute myeloid leukemia cell survival in the bone marrow microenvironment. Protein expression profiles of acute myeloid leukemia-derived mesenchymal stromal cells are unknown. Reverse phase protein array analysis was performed to compare expression of 151 proteins from acute myeloid leukemia mesenchymal stromal cells (n = 106) with mesenchymal stromal cells from healthy donors (n = 71). Protein expression differed significantly between the two groups with nineteen proteins overexpressed in leukemia stromal cells and nine overexpressed in normal stromal cells...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Charles Cai, Taimur Ahmad, Gloria B Valencia, Jacob V Aranda, Jiliu Xu, Kay D Beharry
OBJECTIVES: Extremely low gestational age neonates with chronic lung disease requiring oxygen therapy frequently experience fluctuations in arterial oxygen saturation or intermittent hypoxia (IH). These infants are at risk for multi-organ developmental delay, reduced growth, and short stature. The growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) system, an important hormonal regulator of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, promotes neonatal growth and development. We tested the hypothesis that increasing episodes of IH delay neonatal growth by influencing the GH/IGF-I axis...
March 8, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Adebayo A Adeleke, Yansun Yao
Experimental studies at finite Pressure-Temperature (P-T) conditions and a theoretical study at 0 K of the phase transition in lead sulphide (PbS) have been inconclusive. Many studies that have been done to understand structural transformation in PbS can broadly be classified into two main ideological streams-one with Pnma and another with Cmcm orthorhombic intermediate phase. To foster better understanding of this phenomenon, we present the result of the first-principles study of phase transition in PbS at finite temperature...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Xuejiao Song, Tiantao Gao, Qian Lei, Lidan Zhang, Yuqin Yao, Jingyuan Xiong
Malignant melanoma is a devastating skin cancer due to its severe drug resistance and prompt metastasis. Piperlongumine is an anti-inflammation and tumor-suppressing natural product with defined structure. While numerous studies revealed exceptional inhibitory effects of piperlongumine on several carcinomas, few investigations were performed on melanoma. Therefore, the present study investigated the anti-tumor effects of piperlongumine on human melanoma cells in vitro, and explored the mechanisms of action...
March 15, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Zer Vue, Gabriel Gonzalez, C Allison Stewart, Shyamin Mehra, Richard R Behringer
Endometrial or uterine glands secrete substances essential for uterine receptivity to the embryo, implantation, conceptus survival, and growth. Adenogenesis is the process of gland formation within the stroma of the uterus. In the mouse, uterine gland formation initiates at postnatal day (P) 5. Uterine gland morphology is poorly understood because it is primarily based on two-dimensional (2D) histology. To more fully describe uterine gland morphogenesis, we generated three-dimensional (3D) models of postnatal uterine glands from P0 to P21, based on volumetric imaging using light sheet microscopy...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Qian Li, Xiao-Ji Lin, Hui Chen, Jian Gong, Zhen Li, Xiang-Nan Chen
More than 90% of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) have the chromosomal translocation t(9;22)(q34;q11), while 5-8% of patients have complex variant translocations that have previously been thought not to affect the efficacy of imatinib therapy. The present study reports a patient with CML in B-lymphoid blast crisis who had a rare three-way Philadelphia (Ph) variant t(3;9;22)(p21;q34;q11), in addition to isodicentric Ph chromosomes. The patient was initially treated with imatinib for >2 months with a very poor response...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ziwei Wang, Feng Ji
MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate the expression of genes and serve crucial roles in diverse biological processes. The present study aimed to examine the miRNA expression profile and drug resistance in the SGC7901 cell line and its isogenic drug-resistant counterpart, SGC7901/cisplatin (DDP) cell line. The potential role of miR-17-5p in modulating drug resistance in gastric cancer cells was investigated. Different levels of miRNA expression between SGC7901/DDP and SGC7901 cells were analyzed by miRNA microarray and validated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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