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Ahmed Bulldan, Mazen Shihan, Sandra Goericke-Pesch, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
A gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-A) implant induces hormonal castration in dogs that is associated with reduced prostate and testes size. We address the molecular events associated with hormonal castration by examining GnRH-A effects on expression and phosphorylation of a number of key signaling proteins. Male beagles were treated for 5 months with a GnRH-A implant, and then surgically castrated at 0, 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks after implant removal; untreated animals served as controls. GnRH-A treatment led to activation of c-Raf, Erk1/2, and p53 in the testes...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Shu Nu Chang-Lee, Hsi-Hsien Hsu, Marthandam Asokan Shibu, Tsung-Jung Ho, Chih-Hao Tsai, Ming-Cheng Chen, Chuan-Chou Tu, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei- Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPARα) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily involved in hepatocarcinogenesis in rodents. In previous studies on liver tumor tissues, PPARα mRNA expression was found to be significantly higher and overexpression of ERα inhibited the PPARα expression, cell-proliferation and also induced apoptosis in Hep3B cell. However, the role of ERβ is not known yet. Therefore, the aim of this study is to define the role of ERβ on PPARα in Hep3B cells. The effect of PPARα signaling cascade were monitored by inducing Hep3B cells by fenofibrate...
October 18, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Minghui Chen, Xueshi Wang, Daolong Zha, Fangfang Cai, Wenjing Zhang, Yan He, Qilai Huang, Hongqin Zhuang, Zi-Chun Hua
Apigenin (APG) is an edible plant-derived flavonoid that shows modest antitumor activities in vitro and in vivo. APG treatment results in cell growth arrest and apoptosis in various types of tumors by modulating several signaling pathways. In the present study, we evaluated interactions between APG and TRAIL in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. We observed a synergistic effect between APG and TRAIL on apoptosis of NSCLC cells. A549 cells and H1299 cells were resistant to TRAIL treatment alone. The presence of APG sensitized NSCLC cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis by upregulating the levels of death receptor 4 (DR4) and death receptor 5 (DR5) in a p53-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Franklin D Echevarria, Abigayle E Rickman, Rebecca M Sappington
OBJECTIVE: The interleukin-6 (IL-6) family of cytokines and their signal transducer glycoprotein (gp130) are implicated in inflammatory and cell survival functions in glaucoma. There are several avenues for interdependent modulation of IL-6 family members and gp130 signaling. Here we investigated whether IL-6 modulates gp130 and related neuroinflammatory, cell survival and regulatory signaling in both healthy and glaucomatous retina. METHODS: In naïve and glaucomatous (Microbead Occlusion Model), wildtype (WT) and IL-6 knockout (IL-6-/-) mice, we examined gp130 protein expression and localization, using western blot and immunohistochemistry...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
Ioulia Vardaki, Claire Sanchez, Pedro Fonseca, Magnus Olsson, Dimitrios Chioureas, George Rassidakis, Anders Ullén, Boris Zhivotovsky, Magnus Björkholm, Theocharis Panaretakis
The intercellular crosstalk between hematological malignancies and the tumor microenvironment is mediated by cell to cell interactions and soluble factors. One component of the secretome that is gaining increasing attention are the extracellular vesicles and in particular the exosomes. Apart from the role as vectors of molecular information, exosomes have been shown to possess intrinsic biological activity. In this study we have found that caspase-3 is activated in L88 bone marrow stroma cell-derived exosomes and identified one of the substrates to be the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-xL...
October 14, 2016: Blood
Guojun Zhang, Mingkai Xu, Huiwen Zhang, Yubo Song, Jian Wang, Chenggang Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a member of bacterial superantigen, is one of the most potent known activators of T lymphocytes. With this property, SEC2 has already been used in clinic as a tumor immunotherapy agent in China. To increase the antitumor activity, a SEC2 mutant named ST-4 (GKVTG102-106WWH) with amino acid substitutions in T cell receptor (TCR)-binding domain was generated by site-directed mutagenesis, and the molecular mechanism of the enhanced antitumor activity was investigated. Results showed that ST-4 could activate much more Vβ 8...
October 11, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Shasha Liu, Qidi Ai, Kai Feng, Yubing Li, Xiang Liu
Reperfusion therapy is widely used to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, further injury to the heart induced by rapidly initiating reperfusion is often encountered in clinical practice. A lack of pharmacological strategies in clinics limits the prognosis of patients with myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is one of the most abundant components in vine tea, commonly known as the tender stems and leaves of Ampelopsis grossedentata. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotection of DMY against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and to further investigate the underlying mechanism...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Junxiong Wang, Shuo Yang, Xiqiang Cai, Jiaqiang Dong, Zhangqian Chen, Rui Wang, Song Zhang, Haichao Cao, Di Lu, Tong Jin, Yongzhan Nie, Jianyu Hao, Daiming Fan
Cetuximab plus chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer (GC) shows an active result in phase 2 trials. Unfortunately, Combination of cetuximab does not provide enough benefit to chemotherapy alone in phase 3 trials. Studies have demonstrated that berberine can suppress the activation of EGFR in tumors. In this study, we evaluated whether berberine could enhance the effects of EGFR-TKIs in GC cell lines and xenograft models. Our data suggest that berberine could effectively enhance the activity of erlotinib and cetuximab in vitro and in vivo...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Tao Zhang, Suoyuan Li, Jingjie Li, Fei Yin, Yingqi Hua, Zhouying Wang, Binhui Lin, Hongsheng Wang, Dongqing Zou, Zifei Zhou, Jing Xu, Chengqing Yi, Zhengdong Cai
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has important roles in cancer aggressiveness and has been confirmed as an attractive target for cancer therapy. In this study, we used a dual-luciferase assay to identify that pectolinarigenin inhibited STAT3 activity. Further studies showed pectolinarigenin inhibited constitutive and interleukin-6-induced STAT3 signaling, diminished the accumulation of STAT3 in the nucleus and blocked STAT3 DNA-binding activity in osteosarcoma cells. Mechanism investigations indicated that pectolinarigenin disturbed the STAT3/DNA methyltransferase 1/HDAC1 histone deacetylase 1 complex formation in the promoter region of SHP-1, which reversely mediates STAT3 signaling, leading to the upregulation of SHP-1 expression in osteosarcoma...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Gang Deng, Shifang Yu, Qiming Li, Yunlei He, Wei Liang, Lu Yu, Deyi Xu, Tao Sun, Ri Zhang, Qiang Li
OBJECTIVES: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an acquired and heterogeneous autoimmune-mediated hematological disease typically characterized by a low platelet count. Emerging evidence over the past several years suggests that platelet biogenesis and ageing are regulated, at least in part, by apoptotic mechanisms. However, the association between decreased platelets and apoptosis in ITP patients is poorly understood. To better understand the role of platelet apoptosis in ITP pathophysiology, we investigated apoptotic markers in platelets acquired from 40 chronic ITP patients...
October 13, 2016: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Wenbin Zhong, Guoping Pan, Lin Wang, Shiqian Li, Jingsong Ou, Mengyang Xu, Jiwei Li, Biying Zhu, Xiuye Cao, Hongling Ma, Chaowen Li, Jun Xu, Vesa M Olkkonen, Bart Staels, Daoguang Yan
RATIONALE: Macrophage survival within the arterial wall is a central factor contributing to atherogenesis. Oxysterols, major components of oxidized LDL (ox-LDL), exert cytotoxic effects on macrophages. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ORP4L, an oxysterol-binding protein, affects macrophage survival and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: By hiring cell biological approaches and ORP4L(-/-) mice, we show that ORP4L co-expresses with and forms a complex with G&alphaq/11 and PLCβ3 in macrophages...
October 11, 2016: Circulation Research
Jaime Stella Moses Richardson, Gautam Sethi, Guan Serm Lee, Sri Nurestri Abdul Malek
BACKGROUND: Cancer has been one of the leading causes of mortality in this era. Ruta angustifolia L. Pers has been traditionally used as an abortifacient, antihelmintic, emmenagogue and ophthalmic. In Malaysia and Singapore, the local Chinese community used it for the treatment of cancer. METHODS: In this study, the methanol and fractionated extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate and water) of R. angustifolia were tested for its cytotoxicity using the sulforhodamide (SRB) cytotoxicity assay against HCT-116, A549, Ca Ski and MRC5 cell lines...
October 12, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jonathan Schwartz, Xiaojia Niu, Eric Walton, Laura Hurley, Hai Lin, Holly Edwards, Jeffrey W Taub, Zhihong Wang, Yubin Ge
Cure rates for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain suboptimal; thus new treatment strategies are needed for this deadly disease. Poor clinical outcomes have been associated with overexpression of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, and Mcl-1, which have garnered great interest as therapeutic targets. While the Bcl-2-selective inhibitor ABT-199 has demonstrated promising preclinical anti-leukemic activities, intrinsic drug resistance remains a problem. In our most recent study, we identified Mcl-1 sequestration of Bim as a mechanism of intrinsic resistance to ABT-199 in AML cells, thus upregulating Bim could overcome such resistance...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Jiang-Rui Guo, Wei Li, Yong Wu, Lin-Qing Wu, Xin Li, Ya-Fei Guo, Xiao-Hui Zheng, Xiao-Lan Lian, Hui-Fang Huang, Yuan-Zhong Chen
This study aims to investigate effects of HGF expression on biological behaviors of Kasumi-1 and HL60. Expression of HGF and c-Met gene were detected using qRT-PCR. Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) was used to reduce HGF expression. Silencing effect of shRNA was verified by qRT-PCR and western blot. Cell reproductive capacity, cell clonality and cell cycle (apoptosis) were detected by CCK-8, clone formation, flow cytometry (FCM), respectively. Cell adhesion, cell invasion ability and cell proliferation were also examined...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Zhen Liu, Qi Zheng, Wenzhu Chen, Meng Wu, Guojun Pan, Ke Yang, Xuzhe Li, Shuli Man, Yuou Teng, Peng Yu, Wenyuan Gao
Paris Saponin I (PSI), a steroidal sponins isolated from plant, has been exhibited antitumor and many other biological activities. In this study, we investigated the role and underlying mechanisms of PSI in the synergistic regulation of antitumor activity of Camptothecin (CPT) and 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT) in four types of lung cancer cells. The inhibitory evaluation showed that PSI could significantly reduce the CPT/HCPT-mediated cell proliferation and enhance the sensitivities of H1299, H460 and H446 lung cancer cells to CPT/HCPT...
September 23, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Chuanying Zhu, Renhua Zhou, Qing Zhou, Yuewen Chang, Mawei Jiang
AIMS: Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) plays a critical role in tumor growth and progression. In this study, we sought to explore the expression and biological roles of miR-539 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MAIN METHODS: The expression of miR-539 in human HCC tissues and cell lines was examined. The effects of miR-539 overexpression on cell growth, tumorigenicity, arsenic trioxide resistance of HCC cells were determined. The signaling pathways involved in the action of miR-539 in HCC were also investigated...
October 4, 2016: Life Sciences
Mingping Wang, Wei Tian, Chongqing Wang, Shihai Lu, Chao Yang, Juan Wang, Yunlong Song, Youjun Zhou, Ju Zhu, Zhiyu Li, Canhui Zheng
The anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins are attractive targets for anti-cancer drug development, and the discovery of their selective inhibitors has become a research focus. In this Letter, obvious differences in the P1 pocket of the active site between Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, and Mcl-1 proteins were proposed by the structural comparison of these proteins. As a result, the groups in their inhibitors binding to the P1 pockets may have significant effect on the selectivity for these proteins. Based on this hypothesis, five types of derivatives of the lead compound B-1 were designed, and several highly selective inhibitors of Bcl-xL (E-1) or Mcl-1 proteins (G) were found...
September 28, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Qiu-Lin Ge, San-Hong Liu, Zhi-Hong Ai, Min-Fang Tao, Li Ma, Shan-Yun Wen, Miao Dai, Fei Liu, Han-Shao Liu, Rong-Zhen Jiang, Zhuo-Wei Xue, Yu-Hang Jiang, Xiao-Hua Sun, Yi-Ming Hu, Yong-Xu Zhao, Xi Chen, Yu Tao, Xiao-Lu Zhu, Wen-Jing Ding, Bing-Qing Yang, Dan-Dan Liu, Xiao-Ren Zhang, Yin-Cheng Teng
Dysfunction of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling has been causally associated with numerous human malignancies. Although the NF-κB family of genes has been implicated in endometrial carcinogenesis, information regarding the involvement of central regulators of NF-κB signaling in human endometrial cancer (EC) is limited. Here, we investigated the specific roles of canonical and noncanonical NF-κB signaling in endometrial tumorigenesis. We found that NF-κB RelB protein, but not RelA, displayed high expression in EC samples and cell lines, with predominant elevation in endometrioid adenocarcinoma (EEC)...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
L S E P W Castro, M R Kviecinski, F Ourique, E B Parisotto, V M A S Grinevicius, J F G Correia, D Wilhelm Filho, R C Pedrosa
This work evaluated the antitumor effects of albendazole (ABZ) and its relationship with modulation of oxidative stress and induction of DNA damage. The present results showed that ABZ causes oxidative cleavage on calf-thymus DNA suggesting that this compound can break DNA. ABZ treatment decreased MCF-7 cell viability (EC50=44.9 for 24h) and inhibited MCF-7 colony formation (~67.5% at 5μM). Intracellular ROS levels increased with ABZ treatment (~123%). The antioxidant NAC is able to revert the cytotoxic effects, ROS generation and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential of MCF-7 cells treated with ABZ...
September 22, 2016: Redox Biology
Qingshan Wang, Guohua Sun, Chenxue Gao, Lina Feng, Yan Zhang, Jie Hao, Enjun Zuo, Cong Zhang, Shuangyue Li, Fengyuan Piao
Growing evidence suggests that the increased neuronal apoptosis is involved in n-hexane-induced neuropathy. We have recently reported that bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells-derived conditioned medium (BMSC-CM) attenuated 2,5-hexanedione (HD, the active metabolite of n-hexane)-induced apoptosis in PC12 cells. Here, we explored the anti-apoptotic efficacy of BMSC in vivo. HD-treated rats received BMSC by tail vein injection 5 weeks after HD intoxication. We found that in grafted rats, BMSC significantly attenuated HD-induced neuronal apoptosis in the spinal cord, which was associated with elevation of nerve growth factor (NGF)...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
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