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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635633/new-insights-in-thyroid-cancer-and-p53-family-proteins
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Livia Manzella, Stefania Stella, Maria Stella Pennisi, Elena Tirrò, Michele Massimino, Chiara Romano, Adriana Puma, Martina Tavarelli, Paolo Vigneri
Thyroid cancers are common endocrine malignancies that comprise tumors with different clinical and histological features. Indeed, papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are slow-growing, well-differentiated tumors, whereas anaplastic thyroid cancers are undifferentiated neoplasias that behave much more aggressively. Well-differentiated thyroid carcinomas are efficiently cured by surgery and radioiodine, unlike undifferentiated tumors that fail to uptake radioactive iodine and are usually resistant to chemotherapy...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630604/expression-of-p53-in-myocardium-following-coronary-microembolization-in-rats-and-its-significance
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Yu-Han Sun, Qiang Su, Lang Li, Xian-Tao Wang, Yuan-Xi Lu, Jia-Bao Liang
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyocyte apoptosis is a primary cause for coronary microembolization (CME)-induced cardiac dysfunction. p53 induces cell growth retardation and apoptosis through stress pathway. The present study investigated the mechanism of p53-induced myocardial apoptosis and cardiac dysfunction by activating the mitochondrion apoptotic pathway following CME. METHODS: Forty SD rats were equally divided into microembolization (CME), sham operation (sham), CME+siRNA-p53, and CME+control-p53 groups...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629060/enhancing-the-biocompatibility-of-the-polyurethane-methacrylate-and-off-stoichiometry-thiol-ene-polymers-by-argon-and-nitrogen-plasma-treatment
#3
Tiam Foo Chen, Kim Shyong Siow, Pei Yuen Ng, Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis
Our studies focused on improving the biocompatibility properties of two microfluidic prototyping substrates i.e. polyurethane methacrylate (PUMA) and off-stoichiometry thiol-ene (OSTE-80) polymer by Ar and N2 plasma treatment. The contact angle (CA) measurement showed that both plasma treatments inserted oxygen and nitrogen moieties increased the surface energy and hydrophilicity of PUMA and OSTE-80 polymer which corresponded to an increase of nitrogen to carbon ratios (N/C), as measured by XPS, to provide a conducive environment for cell attachments and proliferation...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628881/photodegradation-and-ecotoxicology-of-acyclovir-in-water-under-uv254-and-uv254-h2o2-processes
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Danilo Russo, Antonietta Siciliano, Marco Guida, Emilia Galdiero, Angela Amoresano, Roberto Andreozzi, Nuno M Reis, Gianluca Li Puma, Raffaele Marotta
The photochemical and ecotoxicological fate of acyclovir (ACY) through UV254 direct photolysis and in the presence of hydroxyl radicals (UV254/H2O2 process) were investigated in a microcapillary film (MCF) array photoreactor, which provided ultrarapid and accurate photochemical reaction kinetics. The UVC phototransformation of ACY was found to be unaffected by pH in the range from 4.5 to 8.0 and resembled an apparent autocatalytic reaction. The proposed mechanism included the formation of a photochemical intermediate (ϕACY = (1...
June 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627647/differences-in-telomerase-activity-and-the-effects-of-azt-in-aneuploid-and-euploid-cells-in-colon-cancer
#5
Xiao Fang, Tenghui Hu, Hua Yin, Junjun Yang, Weian Tang, Siqi Hu, Xingxiang Xu
Telomerase-targeted treatments for cancer have received a great deal of attention because telomerase is detected in nearly all cancer cells but is not expressed in most normal tissues. Aneuploidy refers to a chromosome number that is not a multiple of the base chromosome number and can indicate either hypo- or hyperploid chromosome numbers. Most solid tumors are aneuploid. In the present study, we sought to determine whether there are differences in telomerase activity and hTERT gene expression between aneuploid and euploid cells...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623138/hp1%C3%AE-is-highly-expressed-in-glioma-cells-and-facilitates-cell-proliferation-and-survival
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Xianliang Lai, Zhifeng Deng, Hua Guo, Xingen Zhu, Wei Tu
Epigenetic alteration plays critical roles in gliomagenesis by regulating gene expression through modifications of Histones and DNA. Trimethylation of H3K9, an essential repressed transcription mark, and one of its methyltransferase, SUV39H1, are implicated in glioma pathogenesis and progression. We find that the protein level of HP1α, a reader of H3K9me3 is elevated in cultured glioma cell lines and glioma tissues. H3K9me3 is also upregulated. Depletion of HP1α and SUV39H1 weakens glioma cell proliferation capacity and results in apoptosis of cells...
June 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622417/the-antimigraine-butterbur-ingredient-isopetasin-desensitises-peptidergic-nociceptors-via-the-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-1-channel
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Silvia Benemei, Francesco De Logu, Simone Li Puma, Ilaria Maddalena Marone, Elisabetta Coppi, Filippo Ugolini, Wolfgang Liedtke, Pollastro Federica, Giovanni Appendino, Pierangelo Geppetti, Serena Materazzi, Romina Nassini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The mechanism of the antimigraine action of butterbur [Petasites hybridus (L.) Gaertn.] is unknown. Here, we investigated the ability of isopetasin, a major butterbur constituent, to specifically target the transient receptor ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel and to affect functional responses relevant to migraine. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Single cell calcium imaging and patch-clamp recordings in human and rodent TRPA1-expressing cells, neurogenic motor responses in isolated rat/mouse urinary bladder, release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) from mouse spinal cord in vitro, and facial rubbing in mice and meningeal blood flow in rat were examined...
June 16, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617441/concomitant-epigenetic-targeting-of-lsd1-and-hdac-synergistically-induces-mitochondrial-apoptosis-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-cells
#8
Tinka Haydn, Eric Metzger, Roland Schuele, Simone Fulda
The lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) is overexpressed in several cancers including rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). However, little is yet known about whether or not LSD1 may serve as therapeutic target in RMS. We therefore investigated the potential of LSD1 inhibitors alone or in combination with other epigenetic modifiers such as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. Here, we identify a synergistic interaction of LSD1 inhibitors (i.e., GSK690, Ex917) and HDAC inhibitors (i.e., JNJ-26481585, SAHA) to induce cell death in RMS cells...
June 15, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616173/modeling-connectivity-to-identify-current-and-future-anthropogenic-barriers-to-movement-of-large-carnivores-a-case-study-in-the-american-southwest
#9
Meredith L McClure, Brett G Dickson, Kerry L Nicholson
This study sought to identify critical areas for puma (Puma concolor) movement across the state of Arizona in the American Southwest and to identify those most likely to be impacted by current and future human land uses, particularly expanding urban development and associated increases in traffic volume. Human populations in this region are expanding rapidly, with the potential for urban centers and busy roads to increasingly act as barriers to demographic and genetic connectivity of large-bodied, wide-ranging carnivores such as pumas, whose long-distance movements are likely to bring them into contact with human land uses and whose low tolerance both for and from humans may put them at risk unless opportunities for safe passage through or around human-modified landscapes are present...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612488/front-line-window-therapy-with-cisplatin-in-patients-with-primary-disseminated-ewing-sarcoma-a-study-by-the-associazione-italiana-di-ematologia-ed-oncologia-pediatrica-and-italian-sarcoma-group
#10
Roberto Luksch, Giovanni Grignani, Paolo D'Angelo, Arcangelo Prete, Nadia Puma, Marta Podda, Michela Casanova, Andrea Ferrari, Carlo Morosi, Franca Fagioli, Massimo Aglietta, Stefano Ferrari, Piero Picci, Maura Massimino
The aim was to assess the activity of cisplatin (CDDP) in Ewing sarcoma (ES). The study consisted of front-line window therapy with CDDP 120 mg/sqm every 3 weeks for two courses in children and young adults with primary disseminated ES. Response was assessed using the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours criteria, and Simon's two-stage design was applied. Twelve consecutive patients were enrolled in stage 1. Only one objective response was observed. Since the target response rate was not achieved, accrual was stopped and CDDP as a single agent in ES was judged unworthy of further assessment...
June 14, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609484/the-clinical-and-prognostic-correlation-of-hrnpm-and-slc1a5-in-pathogenesis-and-prognosis-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Kathrine Bjersand, Tomas Seidal, Inger Sundström-Poromaa, Helena Åkerud, Ingiridur Skirnisdottir
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic effect of the Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein type M (HNRPM) and Solute carrier 1A5 (SLC1A5) in FIGO-stages I-II epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was designed to investigate the prognostic effect of HNRPM and SLC1A5, and the association with clinical-pathologic characteristics in 131 patients with FIGO-stages I-II epithelial ovarian cancer. Tissue microarrays were constructed and protein levels were assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609466/multi-level-multi-scale-resource-selection-functions-and-resistance-surfaces-for-conservation-planning-pumas-as-a-case-study
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Katherine A Zeller, T Winston Vickers, Holly B Ernest, Walter M Boyce
The importance of examining multiple hierarchical levels when modeling resource use for wildlife has been acknowledged for decades. Multi-level resource selection functions have recently been promoted as a method to synthesize resource use across nested organizational levels into a single predictive surface. Analyzing multiple scales of selection within each hierarchical level further strengthens multi-level resource selection functions. We extend this multi-level, multi-scale framework to modeling resistance for wildlife by combining multi-scale resistance surfaces from two data types, genetic and movement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599315/reevaluation-of-atr-signaling-in-primary-resting-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells-evidence-for-pro-survival-or-pro-apoptotic-function
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Maxime Beyaert, Eliza Starczewska, Ana Cristina González Pérez, Nicolas Vanlangendonck, Pascale Saussoy, Gaëlle Tilman, Anne De Leener, Marie-Christiane Vekemans, Eric Van Den Neste, Françoise Bontemps
ATM, primarily activated by DNA double-strand breaks, and ATR, activated by single-stranded DNA, are master regulators of the cellular response to DNA damage. In primary chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells, ATR signaling is considered to be switched off due to ATR downregulation. Here, we hypothesized that ATR, though expressed at low protein level, could play a role in primary resting CLL cells after genotoxic stress. By investigating the response of CLL cells to UV-C irradiation, a prototypical activator of ATR, we could detect phosphorylation of ATR at Thr-1989, a marker for ATR activation, and also observed that selective ATR inhibitors markedly decreased UV-C-induced phosphorylation of ATR targets, including H2AX and p53...
May 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594323/epistatic-mutations-in-puma-bh3-drive-an-alternate-binding-mode-to-potently-and-selectively-inhibit-anti-apoptotic-bfl-1
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Justin M Jenson, Jeremy A Ryan, Robert A Grant, Anthony Letai, Amy E Keating
Overexpression of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins contributes to cancer progression and confers resistance to chemotherapy. Small molecules that target Bcl-2 are used in the clinic to treat leukemia, but tight and selective inhibitors are not available for Bcl-2 paralog Bfl-1. Guided by computational analysis, we designed variants of the native BH3 motif PUMA that are > 150-fold selective for Bfl-1 binding. The designed peptides potently trigger disruption of the mitochondrial outer membrane in cells dependent on Bfl-1, but not in cells dependent on other anti-apoptotic homologs...
June 8, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573020/a-single-migrant-enhances-the-genetic-diversity-of-an-inbred-puma-population
#15
Kyle D Gustafson, T Winston Vickers, Walter M Boyce, Holly B Ernest
Migration is essential for maintaining genetic diversity among populations, and pumas (Puma concolor) provide an excellent model for studying the genetic impacts of migrants on populations isolated by increasing human development. In densely populated southern California, USA, puma populations on the east and west side of interstate highway 15 (I-15) have become fragmented into a small inbred population on the west side (Santa Ana Mountains) and a relatively larger, more diverse population on the east side (Eastern Peninsular Range)...
May 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559996/microrna-199a-3p-inhibits-tumorigenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-by-targeting-zhx1-puma-signal
#16
Jinping Guan, Zimin Liu, Menjing Xiao, Fengyun Hao, Chenghong Wang, Yan Chen, Yingying Lu, Jun Liang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs play an important role in cell proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, and invasion by regulating the expression of various genes. For example, the downregulation of microRNA-199a-3p (miR-199a-3p) that is noted in numerous human malignancies, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), results in a poor prognosis in patients with HCC. This finding suggests that miR-199a-3p overexpression in HCC could provide a new treatment approach. We explored this possibility by examining the effects of miR-199a-3p on the growth and apoptosis of HCC cells in vitro and vivo...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559464/smoke-biomass-exposure-and-copd-risk-in-the-primary-care-setting-the-puma-study
#17
Maria Montes de Oca, Gustavo Zabert, Dolores Moreno, Maria E Laucho-Contreras, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Filip Surmont
BACKGROUND: The evidence indicates that risk factors other than smoking are important in the development of COPD. It has been postulated that less traditional risk factors (eg, exposure to coal and/or biomass smoke) may interact with smoking to further increase COPD risk. This analysis evaluated the effect of exposure to biomass and smoking on COPD risk in a primary care setting in Latin America. METHODS: Subjects attending routine primary care visits, ≥40 y old, who were current or former smokers or were exposed to biomass smoke, completed a questionnaire and performed spirometry...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554727/testosterone-modulates-foxo3a-and-p53-related-genes-to-protect-c2c12-skeletal-muscle-cells-against-apoptosis
#18
Lucía Pronsato, Lorena Milanesi, Andrea Vasconsuelo, Anabela La Colla
The loss of muscle mass and strength with aging, sarcopenia, is a prevalent condition among the elderly, associated with skeletal muscle dysfunction and enhanced muscle cell apoptosis. We have previously demonstrated that testosterone protects against H2O2-induced apoptosis in C2C12 muscle cells, at different levels: morphological, biochemical and molecular. Since we have observed that testosterone reduces p-p53 and maintains the inactive state of FoxO3a transcription factor, induced by H2O2, we analyzed if the hormone was exerting its antiapoptotic effect at transcriptional level, by modulating pro and antiapoptotic genes associated to them...
May 26, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554130/betulinic-acid-derivative-b10-inhibits-glioma-cell-proliferation-through-suppression-of-sirt1-acetylation-of-foxo3a-and-upregulation-of-bim-puma
#19
Longwei Huo, Xiaobin Bai, Yafei Wang, Maode Wang
Glioma is the most common primary malignant tumor of the central nervous system. B10 is a new glycosylated derivative of betulinic acid with enhanced cytotoxic activity. The present study was designed to explore the molecular mechanism underlying the anticancer effect of B10 in glioma cells. 25-50μM B10 resulted in a significant decrease of cell viability and BrdU incorporation. 25-50mg/kg B10 significantly reduced the implanted tumor weight and volume in nude mice. Activation of apoptosis was found in glioma cells when the cells were exposed to B10, as evidenced by increased number of TUNEL-stained cells, increased caspase 3 and 9 activities, and Bax and cleaved PARP expression...
May 26, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554049/increased-susceptibility-of-idh2-deficient-mice-to-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis
#20
Hanvit Cha, Seoyoon Lee, Sung Hwan Kim, Hyunjin Kim, Dong-Seok Lee, Hyun-Shik Lee, Jin Hyup Lee, Jeen-Woo Park
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic, relapsing, immunological, inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract including ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). It has been reported that UC, which is studied using a dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis model, is associated with the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the apoptosis of intestine epithelial cells (IEC). Mitochondrial NADP(+)-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH2) has been reported as an essential enzyme in the mitochondrial antioxidant system via generation of NADPH...
May 20, 2017: Redox Biology
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