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Yun Bai, Chuan Liu, Lei Fu, Xiaoshan Gong, Ce Dou, Zhen Cao, Hongyu Quan, Jianmei Li, Fei Kang, Jingjin Dai, Chunrong Zhao, Shiwu Dong
Endochondral ossification is crucial for bone formation in both adult bone repair process and embryo long-bone development. In endochondral ossification, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) first differentiate to chondrocyte, BMSC-derived chondrocyte then endure a hypertrophic process to generate new bone. Endochondral ossification-based bone repair is a promising strategy to cure massive bone defect, which is a major clinical issue in orthopedics. However, challenges still remain for this novel strategy...
March 16, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Lin Li, Meilin He, Hang Xiao, Xiaoqian Liu, Kai Wang, Yuanshu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acetic acid (AcOH), a short-chain fatty acid, is reported to have some beneficial effects on metabolism. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the regulatory mechanism of acetic acid on hepatic lipid metabolism in BRL-3A cells. METHODS: We cultured and treated BRL-3A cells with different concentrations of sodium acetate (neutralized acetic acid) and BML-275 (an AMPKα inhibitor). The total lipid droplet area was measured by oil red O staining, and the triglyceride content was determined by a triglyceride detection kit...
March 6, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Lingyan Wu, Lina Zhang, Bohan Li, Haowen Jiang, Yanan Duan, Zhifu Xie, Lin Shuai, Jia Li, Jingya Li
Obesity occurs when excess energy accumulates in white adipose tissue (WAT), whereas brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is specialized in dissipating energy through thermogenesis, potently counteracts obesity. White adipocytes can be converted to thermogenic "brown-like" cells (beige cells; WAT browning) under various stimuli, such as cold exposure. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a crucial energy sensor that regulates energy metabolism in multiple tissues. However, the role of AMPK in adipose tissue function, especially in the WAT browning process, is not fully understood...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Hiroshi Tobita, Shuichi Sato, Tomotaka Yazaki, Tsuyoshi Mishiro, Norihisa Ishimura, Shunnji Ishihara, Yoshikazu Kinoshita
Pioglitazone (PIO) has been reported to be effective for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alogliptin (ALO) may have efficacy against NAFLD progression in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The present study examined the effectiveness of ALO in a rodent model of NAFLD and diabetes mellitus. KK‑Ay mice were used to produce an NAFLD model via administration of a choline‑deficient (CD) diet. To examine the effects of alogliptin, KK‑Ay mice were provided with a CD diet with 0.03% ALO and/or 0...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wen-Jing Liang, Sheng-Nan Zhou, Mei-Rong Shan, Xue-Qin Wang, Miao Zhang, Yuan Chen, Yun Zhang, Shuang-Xi Wang, Tao Guo
Diabetes mellitus is one of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis. Whether and how diabetes promotes the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque is not fully understood. Here, we show that streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes reduced collagen synthesis, leading to the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque induced by collar placement around carotid in apolipoprotein E knockout (Apoe-/- ) mice. These detrimental effects of hyperglycemia on plaque stability were reversed by metformin in vivo without altering the levels of blood glucose and lipids...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Jiabi Zhang, Juan Shan, Xuelu Chen, Shengfu Li, Dan Long, Youping Li
A T helper 17 (Th17) cell/regulatory T (Treg) cell imbalance is involved in many immune disorders and diseases. Celastrol, a Chinese herbal compound that has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, has been indicated to suppress T cell proliferation and Th17 cell induction, while facilitating Forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) expression and Treg cell generation. In this study, we explored the impact and mechanism of celastrol on Th17 cell/induced Treg (iTreg) cell induction. CD4+ CD25- T cells were purified, stimulated with anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 antibodies, and polarized in vitro to generate Th17 or iTreg cells in the presence or absence of celastrol...
February 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Li Liu, Wei Wu, Jing Li, Wei-Hua Jiao, Li-Yun Liu, Jie Tang, Lei Liu, Fan Sun, Bing-Nan Han, Hou-Wen Lin
AIMS: To investigate the cytoprotective effects of two sesquiterpene aminoquinones isolated from the marine sponge Dysidea fragilis, Dysidaminone H (DA8) and 3'-methylamino-avarone (DA14), we examined their effects against hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 )-induced oxidative injury in human keratinocyte cell line and elucidated the underlying mechanisms. MAIN METHODS: Cell viability was detected using a CCK-8 assay kit. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was measured by fluorescence of 2, 7-Dichlorodi-hydrofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA)...
February 19, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Zai-Ming Liu, Qian-Xue Chen, Zhi-Biao Chen, Dao-Feng Tian, Ming-Chang Li, Jun-Min Wang, Long Wang, Bao-Hui Liu, Shen-Qi Zhang, Fei Li, Hui Ye, Long Zhou
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability and mortality in young adults worldwide. The pathophysiology is not fully understood. Programmed necrosis (necroptosis) is a newly identified mechanism of cell death combining features of both apoptosis and necrosis. Receptor-interacting protein 3 (RIP3) plays an important role in programmed necrosis. However, the effect of RIP3-related pathway in TBI is little to be known. We attempted to explore the significance of RIP3 in regulating TBI in vivo...
February 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yanbo Fan, Haocheng Lu, Wenying Liang, Minerva T Garcia-Barrio, Yanhong Guo, Ji Zhang, Tianqing Zhu, Yibai Hao, Jifeng Zhang, Y E Chen
<u>Rationale:</u> Post-ischemic angiogenesis is critical to limit the ischemic tissue damage and improve the blood flow recovery. The regulation and the underlying molecular mechanisms of post-ischemic angiogenesis are not fully unraveled. Transcription factor-EB (TFEB) is emerging as a master gene for autophagy and lysosome biogenesis. However, the role of TFEB in vascular disease is less understood. <u>Objective:</u> We aimed to determine the role of endothelial TFEB in post-ischemic angiogenesis and its underlying molecular mechanism...
February 21, 2018: Circulation Research
J C Huang, J Yang, M Huang, Z S Zhu, X B Sun, B H Zhang, X L Xu, W G Meng, K J Chen, B C Xu
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of shackling and wing flapping on stress, postmortem metabolism, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and quality of broiler pectoralis major. Before slaughter, a total of 80 Arbor Acres broilers was randomly categorized into 2 replicate pens (40 broilers per pen) and each pen randomly divided into 2 groups (shackling, T; control, C). Corticosterone, creatine kinase, and lactate dehydrogenase were determined on blood plasma parameters. Pectoralis major were removed after evisceration and used for determination of energy metabolism, meat quality, and AMPK phosphorylation...
February 15, 2018: Poultry Science
Charlotte C Bavley, Richard C Rice, Delaney K Fischer, Amanda K Fakira, Maureen Byrne, Maria Kosovsky, Bryant K Rizzo, Dolores Del Prete, Armin Alaedini, Jose A Morón, Joseph J Higgins, Luciano D'Adamio, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha
A homozygous nonsense mutation in the cereblon ( CRBN ) gene results in autosomal recessive, non-syndromic intellectual disability (ARNSID) that is devoid of other phenotypic features, suggesting a critical role of CRBN in mediating learning and memory. In this study, we demonstrate that adult male Crbn knockout ( Crbn KO ) mice exhibit deficits in hippocampal-dependent learning and memory tasks that are recapitulated by focal knockout of Crbn in the adult dorsal hippocampus, with no changes in social or repetitive behavior...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Kuixiang Chen, Mubarak Rekep, Wei Wei, Qian Wu, Qin Xue, Sujuan Li, Jiahui Tian, Quan Yi, Genshui Zhang, Guiping Zhang, Qing Xiao, Jiandong Luo, Yinghua Liu
PURPOSE: Quercetin, a flavonoid, has been reported to ameliorate cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiac hypertrophy. However, the mechanism is not completely understood. In this study, a mechanism related to proteasome-glycogen synthesis kinase 3 (GSK-3) was elucidated in rats and primary neonatal cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Rats were subjected to sham or constriction of abdominal aorta surgery groups and treated with or without quercetin for 8 weeks. Angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced primary cardiomyocytes were cultured with quercetin treatment or not for 48 h...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Xuzhu Lin, Lewan Parker, Emma Mclennan, Xinmei Zhang, Alan Hayes, Glenn McConell, Tara C Brennan-Speranza, Itamar Levinger
Uncarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) stimulates muscle glucose uptake in mice EDL and soleus muscles. However, whether ucOC also exerts a similar effect in insulin-stimulated muscles in a muscle type-specific manner is currently unclear. We aimed to test the hypothesis that, with insulin stimulation, ucOC per se has a greater effect on oxidative muscle compared with glycolytic muscle, and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Mouse (C57BL6, male 9-12 weeks) extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus muscles were isolated and longitudinally split into halves...
February 9, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Rui Li, Xin Yi, Xiang Wei, Bo Huo, Xian Guo, Cai Cheng, Ze-Min Fang, Jing Wang, Xin Feng, Ping Zheng, Yun-Shu Su, Jackson Ferdinand Masau, Xue-Hai Zhu, Ding-Sheng Jiang
Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), a methyltransferase that di- and tri-methylates lysine-27 of histone H3, largely functions as a transcriptional repressor, and plays a critical role in various kinds of cancers. Here we report a novel function of EZH2 in regulating autophagic cell death (ACD) of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) that affect aortic dissection (AD). Inhibition of EZH2 activity by UNC1999 or knockdown EZH2 resulted in VSMC loss, while overexpression of EZH2 facilitated VSMC growth, and these effects of EZH2 on VSMCs were independent of proliferation and apoptosis...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Peiyi Shen, Jonathan C Kershaw, Yiren Yue, Ou Wang, Kee-Hong Kim, D Julian McClements, Yeonhwa Park
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been reported to reduce fat storage in cell culture and animal models. In the current study, the effects of CLA on the fat accumulation, activities, and proteomics were investigated using Caenorhabditis elegans. 100 µM CLA-TG nanoemulsion significantly reduced fat accumulation by 29% compared to linoleic acid (LA)-TG treatment via sir-2.1 (the ortholog of Sirtuin 1), without altering the worm size, growth rate, and pumping rate of C. elegans. CLA significantly increased moving speed and amplitude (the average centroid displacement over the entire track) of wild type worms compared to the LA group and these effects were dependent on aak-2 (AMPKα ortholog) and sir-2...
May 30, 2018: Food Chemistry
Chuanrui Ma, Wenwen Zhang, Xiaoxiao Yang, Ying Liu, Lipei Liu, Ke Feng, Xiaomeng Zhang, Shu Yang, Lei Sun, Miao Yu, Jie Yang, Xiaoju Li, Wenquan Hu, Robert Q Miao, Yan Zhu, Luyuan Li, Jihong Han, Yuanli Chen, Yajun Duan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: LXR agonist (T317) reduces atherosclerosis while inducing fatty liver. Metformin activates energy metabolism by activating AMPKα. In this study, we determined if the interaction between metformin and T317 can inhibit atherosclerosis without activation of hepatic lipogenesis. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: ApoE deficient mice were treated with T317, metformin or both contained in a high-fat diet for 16 weeks. After treatment, mouse aorta, liver, macrophage and serum samples were collected to determine atherosclerotic lesions, fatty liver, lipid profiles and expression of related molecules...
February 2, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Xiaoting Li, Lu Yu, Jing Gao, Xukun Bi, Juhong Zhang, Shiming Xu, Meihui Wang, Mengmeng Chen, Fuyu Qiu, Guosheng Fu
Diabetes Mellitus is a common disorder, with increasing risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Studies have shown that altered connexin expression and gap junction remodeling under hyperglycemia contribute to the high prevalence of cardiac arrhythmias and even sudden death. Connexin 43 (Cx43), a major protein that assembles to form cardiac gap junctions, has been found to be downregulated under high glucose conditions, along with inhibition of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC). While, apelin, a beneficial adipokine, increases Cx43 protein expression in mouse and human embryonic stem cells during cardiac differentiation...
February 2018: Aging and Disease
Hongxia Zhang, Yanlan Yang, Yanqin Wang, Baodong Wang, Rongshan Li
Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major microvascular complication in diabetes. An increasing body of evidence has shown that DN is related to chronic inflammation, kidney hypertrophy, and fibrosis. While thalidomide has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic effects, the effects of thalidomide on the pathogenesis of DN are unclear. This study was undertaken to explore whether thalidomide has renal-protective effects in diabetic rats. Methods: Male Sprague Dawley rats were injected intraperitoneally with 50 mg/kg streptozotocin to induce diabetes...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Yi Zhang, Lifeng Li, Liping Wang, Jieyao Li, Zhirui Fan, Li Yang, Zhen Zhang, Chaoqi Zhang, Dongli Yue, Guohui Qin, Tengfei Zhang, Feng Li, Xinfeng Chen, Yu Ping, Dan Wang, Qun Gao, Qianyi He, Lan Huang, Hong Li, Jianmin Huang, Xuan Zhao, Wenhua Xue, Zhi Sun, Jingli Lu, Jane Yu, Jie Zhao, Bin Zhang
Metformin is a broadlyprescribed drug for type 2 diabetes that exerts antitumor activity, yet the mechanisms underlying this activity remain unclear. We show here that metformin treatment blocks the suppressive function of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in patients with ovarian cancer (OC) by downregulating the expression and ectoenzymatic activity of CD39 and CD73 on monocytic and polymononuclear MDSC subsets. Metformin triggered activation of AMP-activated protein kinase α (AMPKα) and subsequently suppressed hypoxia-inducible factor-α (HIF-1α), which was critical for induction of CD39/CD73 expression in MDSC...
January 26, 2018: Cancer Research
Xin Zhang, Zhen-Guo Ma, Yu-Pei Yuan, Si-Chi Xu, Wen-Ying Wei, Peng Song, Chun-Yan Kong, Wei Deng, Qi-Zhu Tang
Agonists of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) can activate 5' AMP-activated protein kinase alpha (AMPKα) and exert cardioprotective effects. A previous study has demonstrated that rosmarinic acid (RA) can activate PPAR-γ, but its effect on cardiac remodeling remains largely unknown. Our study aimed to investigate the effect of RA on cardiac remodeling and to clarify the underlying mechanism. Mice were subjected to aortic banding to generate pressure overload induced cardiac remodeling and then were orally administered RA (100 mg/kg/day) for 7 weeks beginning 1 week after surgery...
January 24, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
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