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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622281/effects-of-baicalin-on-blood-pressure-and-left-ventricular-remodeling-in-rats-with-renovascular-hypertension
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Hualei Dai, Xinjin Zhang, Zhigang Yang, Jianmei Li, Jialin Zheng
BACKGROUND This study aimed to explore the effect of baicalin, which is a kind of bioactive flavonoid, on blood pressure and left ventricular remodeling in rats with renovascular hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 40 male Wistar rats were randomly assigned into sham-operation (n=10) and renal hypertension model groups (2-kidney-1 clip; 2K-1C, n=30). The rats in the renal hypertension model group were randomly subdivided into 2K-1C (n=13) and 2K-1C/Baicalin groups (n=14). The cardiac function indexes were determined after 4 weeks...
June 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621684/expression-of-hypothalamic-neurohormones-and-their-receptors-in-the-human-eye
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Sander R Dubovy, Maria P Fernandez, Jose J Echegaray, Norman L Block, Noriyuki Unoki, Roberto Perez, Irving Vidaurre, Richard K Lee, Mehrdad Nadji, Andrew V Schally
Extrapituitary roles for hypothalamic neurohormones have recently become apparent and clinically relevant, based on the use of synthetic peptide analogs for the treatment of multiple conditions including cancers, pulmonary edema and myocardial infarction. In the eye, it has been suggested that some of these hormones and their receptors may be present in the ciliary body, iris, trabecular meshwork and retina, but their physiological role has yet to be elucidated. Our study intends to comprehensively demonstrate the expression of some hypothalamic neuroendocrine hormones and their receptors within different retinal and extraretinal structures of the human eye...
June 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597062/an-anther-specific-gene-phgrp-is-regulated-by-phmyc2-and-causes-male-sterility-when-overexpressed-in-petunia-anthers
#3
Yuanzheng Yue, Chaoqun Yin, Rui Guo, Hao Peng, Zhaonan Yang, Guofeng Liu, Manzhu Bao, Huirong Hu
An anther-specific GRP gene, regulated by PhMYC2 , causes a significant reduction of male fertility when overexpressed in petunia, and its promoter is efficient in genetic engineering of male-sterile lines. Glycine-rich proteins (GRPs) play important roles in plant anther development; however, the underlying mechanisms and related regulatory networks are poorly understood. In this study, a novel glycine-rich family gene designated as PhGRP was isolated from Petunia hybrida 'Fantasy Red'. The qRT-PCR analysis showed that it expressed specifically in anthers, and its expression peaked earlier than those well-known tapetum-specific genes, such as TA29, and several genes with the classic cis-regulatory element 'anther-box' in petunia during its anther development...
June 9, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589144/asymmetric-dimethylarginine-induced-apoptosis-and-dysfunction-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells-role-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-pathway
#4
Sheng Ye, Xi Zhou, Jiafeng Lin, Peng Chen
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, is a novel risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) bear typical endothelial characteristics and are thought to contribute to neovascularization by providing new endothelial cells (ECs) after arterial injury. Many studies have shown that ADMA can induce EPC apoptosis and dysfunction, but the underlying mechanism is not well understood. EPCs from umbilical cord blood were cultured in EGM-2 medium with particular growth factors and supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550415/high-expression-of-grp78-bip-as-a-novel-predictor-of-favorable-outcomes-in-patients-with-advanced-thymic-carcinoma
#5
Yosuke Miura, Kyoichi Kaira, Reiko Sakurai, Hisao Imai, Yoshio Tomizawa, Noriaki Sunaga, Koichi Minato, Takeshi Hisada, Tetsunari Oyama, Masanobu Yamada
BACKGROUND: Glucose-regulated protein (GRP) 78/immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP) is a member of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone family, and its role in various types of human malignancies has recently been investigated. However, the clinicopathological characteristics of GRP78/BiP in advanced thymic carcinoma (ATC) remain unknown. We aimed to examine the relationship between GRP78/BiP expression and the clinical outcomes of ATC patients. METHODS: Thirty-four patients with ATC receiving combination chemotherapy at three institutions between April 1998 and April 2014 were enrolled in this study...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542410/gla-rich-protein-function-as-an-anti-inflammatory-agent-in-monocytes-macrophages-implications-for-calcification-related-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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Carla S B Viegas, Rúben M Costa, Lúcia Santos, Paula A Videira, Zélia Silva, Nuna Araújo, Anjos L Macedo, António P Matos, Cees Vermeer, Dina C Simes
Calcification-related chronic inflammatory diseases are multifactorial pathological processes, involving a complex interplay between inflammation and calcification events in a positive feed-back loop driving disease progression. Gla-rich protein (GRP) is a vitamin K dependent protein (VKDP) shown to function as a calcification inhibitor in cardiovascular and articular tissues, and proposed as an anti-inflammatory agent in chondrocytes and synoviocytes, acting as a new crosstalk factor between these two interconnected events in osteoarthritis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506620/bombesin-administration-impairs-memory-and-does-not-reverse-memory-deficit-caused-by-sleep-deprivation
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L B T Ferreira, S L B Oliveira, J Raya, L A Esumi, D C Hipolide
Sleep deprivation impairs performance in emotional memory tasks, however this effect on memory is not completely understood. Possible mechanisms may involve an alteration in neurotransmission systems, as shown by the fact that many drugs that modulate neural pathways can prevent memory impairment by sleep loss. Gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) is a neuropeptide that emerged as a regulatory molecule of emotional memory through the modulation of other neurotransmission systems. Thus, the present study addressed the effect of intraperitoneal (IP) administration of bombesin (BB) (2...
May 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500250/characterization-of-nmb-grp-and-their-receptors-brs3-nmbr-and-grpr-in-chickens
#8
Chunheng Mo, Long Huang, Lin Cui, Can Lv, Dongliang Lin, Liang Song, Guoqiang Zhu, Juan Li, Yajun Wang
The two structurally and functionally related peptides, gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and neuromedin B (NMB) play critical roles in many physiological/pathological processes in mammals. However, the information regarding the expression and functionality of avian NMB, GRP, and their receptors is limited. Here, we characterized cNMB, cGRP and their receptors (cNMBR, cGRPR, cBRS3) in chickens. Our results showed that: 1) cNMBR and cGRPR expressed in CHO cells could be potently activated by cNMB and cGRP respectively, as monitored by cell-based luciferase reporter assays, indicating that cNMBR and cGRPR are cNMB- and cGRP-specific receptors; Strikingly, BRS3 of chickens (/spotted gars), which is orthologous to mouse bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS3), could be potently activated by GRP and NMB, demonstrating that both peptides are the endogenous ligands for chicken(/spotted gar) BRS3; 2) Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that cGRPR is widely expressed in chicken tissues with abundant expression in the ovary, pancreas, proventriculus, spinal cord and brain, whereas cNMB, cNMBR and cBRS3 are mainly expressed in the brain and testes; 3) Interestingly, qPCR, Western blot, and immuno-staining revealed that cGRP is predominantly expressed in the anterior pituitary and mainly localized to LH-cells, suggesting that cGRP is likely a novel pituitary hormone in chickens...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500249/maternal-high-fat-diet-induces-metabolic-stress-response-disorders-in-offspring-hypothalamus
#9
Long The Nguyen, Sonia Saad, Yi Tan, Carol Pollock, Hui Chen
Maternal obesity has been shown to increase the risk of obesity and related disorders in the offspring, which has been partially attributed to changes of appetite regulators in the offspring hypothalamus. On the other hand, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy have been implicated in hypothalamic neuropeptide dysregulation, thus may also play important roles in such transgenerational effect.  In this study, we show that offspring born to HFD-fed dams showed significantly increased body weight and glucose intolerance, adiposity and plasma triglyceride level at weaning...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497703/association-between-media-doses-of-the-tips-from-former-smokers-campaign-and-cessation-behaviors-and-intentions-to-quit-among-cigarette-smokers-2012-2015
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Kevin C Davis, Deesha Patel, Paul Shafer, Jennifer Duke, Rebecca Glover-Kudon, William Ridgeway, Shanna Cox
BACKGROUND: Since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented Tips From Former Smokers ( Tips), the first federally funded tobacco education campaign in the United States. To date, there are no evaluations of its long-term impact. AIMS: To assess the impact of varied doses of the Tips campaign from 2012 through 2015 on cessation-related behaviors and intentions among U.S. smokers. METHOD: We used a national probability-based online survey of cigarette smokers ( n = 22,189) and recent quitters ( n = 776) to examine associations between doses of Tips advertising, measured by gross rating points (GRPs), and intentions to quit smoking in the next 30 days and quit attempts within the past 3 months...
May 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490442/dexamethasone-and-sex-regulate-placental-glucocorticoid-receptor-isoforms-in-mice
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James Sm Cuffe, Zarqa Saif, Anthony V Perkins, Karen M Moritz, Vicki L Clifton
Maternal dexamethasone exposure in the mouse impairs placental development and programs adult disease in a sexually dimorphic manner. Glucocorticoids bind to different glucocorticoid receptor (GR) isoforms to regulate gene transcription and cellular signaling. We hypothesized that sexually dimorphic placental responses to glucocorticoids are due to differences in GR isoforms present in the placenta. Pregnant C57Bl6 mice were exposed to saline or dexamethasone from E12.5 until E14.5 (1µg/kg/h) before the collection of placentae...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482013/hydrogen-sulfide-inhibits-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-induced-depressive-like-behavior-by-upregulation-of-sirt-1-involvement-in-suppression-of-hippocampal-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Shu-Yun Liu, Dan Li, Hai-Ying Zeng, Li-Yuan Kan, Wei Zou, Ping Zhang, Hong-Feng Gu, Xiao-Qing Tang
Background: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a crucial signaling molecule with a wide range of physiological functions. Previously, we have confirmed that stress-induced depression is accompanied with disturbance of H2S generation in hippocampus. The present work attempted to investigate the inhibitory effect of H2S on chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)-induced depressive-like behaviors and the underlying mechanism. Methods: We established the rat model of CUMS to simulate depression...
May 6, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472796/the-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitor-empagliflozin-protects-against-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-by-inhibition-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-pathway
#13
Yang Zhou, Wei Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study aimed to determine whether or not the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor, empagliflozin (EMPA), can protect against diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) and to elucidate the related mechanism. METHODS: Rats were divided into the following four groups: a non-diabetic group; diabetic cardiomyopathy rats without EMPA treatment; and diabetic cardiomyopathy rats with EMPA treatment (low- and high-dose EMPA). Hemodynamic measurements were performed to evaluate left ventricular systolic and diastolic function...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452904/a-placebo-controlled-crossover-trial-of-gastrin-releasing-peptide-in-childhood-autism
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Josemar Marchezan, Michele Becker, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Lygia Ohlweiler, Rafael Roesler, Luiza Brusius Renck, Marcela Matos Monteiro Gonçalves, Josiane Ranzan, Rudimar Dos Santos Riesgo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) compared with placebo in autism spectrum disorder symptoms. METHODOLOGY: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial using GRP 160 pmol/kg for 4 consecutive days in 10 children with autism. Outcomes were measured by the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) scale. RESULTS: All participants were boys, aged between 4 and 9 years...
May 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442994/egf-enhances-oligodendrogenesis-from-glial-progenitor-cells
#15
Junlin Yang, Xuejun Cheng, Jiajun Qi, Binghua Xie, Xiaofeng Zhao, Kang Zheng, Zunyi Zhang, Mengsheng Qiu
Emerging evidence indicates that epidermal growth factor (EGF) signaling plays a positive role in myelin development and repair, but little is known about its biological effects on the early generation and differentiation of oligodendrocyte (OL) lineage cells. In this study, we investigated the role of EGF in early OL development with isolated glial restricted precursor (GRP) cells. It was found that EGF collaborated with Platelet Derived Growth Factor-AA (PDGFaa) to promote the survival and self-renewal of GRP cells, but predisposed GRP cells to develop into O4(-) early-stage oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) in the absence of or PDGFaa...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438648/the-superoxide-dismutase-mimetic-tempol-blunts-diabetes-induced-upregulation-of-nadph-oxidase-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-a-rat-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#16
Miles J De Blasio, Anand Ramalingam, Anh H Cao, Darnel Prakoso, Ji-Ming Ye, Raelene Pickering, Anna M D Watson, Judy B de Haan, David M Kaye, Rebecca H Ritchie
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress contributes to progression of diabetic nephropathy, which promotes end-stage renal failure in diabetic patients. This study was undertaken to investigate the actions of tempol and ramipril, pharmacological agents that target the consequences of NADPH oxidase, on diabetic nephropathy in a rat model of type 1 diabetes, with an emphasis on markers of ER stress. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected intravenously with a single bolus of streptozotocin (55mg/kg) to induce type 1 diabetes...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436294/overexpression-of-vla-4-in-glial-restricted-precursors-enhances-their-endothelial-docking-and-induces-diapedesis-in-a-mouse-stroke-model
#17
Anna Jablonska, Daniel J Shea, Suyi Cao, Jeff Wm Bulte, Miroslaw Janowski, Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, Piotr Walczak
The loss of oligodendrocytes after stroke is one of the major causes of secondary injury. Glial-restricted progenitors (GRPs) have remylenating potential after intraparenchymal cerebral transplantation. The intraarterial (IA) injection route is an attractive gateway for global brain delivery, but, after IA infusion, naive GRPs fail to bind to the cerebral vasculature. The aim of this study was to test whether overexpression of Very Late Antigen-4 (VLA-4) increases endothelial docking and cerebral homing of GRPs in a stroke model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433751/elevated-chaperone-proteins-are-a-feature-of-winter-freeze-avoidance-by-larvae-of-the-goldenrod-gall-moth-epiblema-scudderiana
#18
Guijun Zhang, Janet M Storey, Kenneth B Storey
Winter survival for many insect species includes a need to maintain metabolic homeostasis and structural/functional integrity of macromolecules not only over a wide range of cold temperatures but also in response to rapid temperature change. Chaperones are well-known to protect/stabilize protein structure with regard to heat stress but less is known about their potential involvement in long-term protection of the proteome at subzero temperatures. The present study assessed the participation of chaperone proteins in the cold hardiness of larvae of the goldenrod gall moth, Epiblema scudderiana (Clemens) (Lepidoptera, Olethreutidae), monitoring changes in nine proteins over the winter months as well as their responses to laboratory cold acclimation or anoxia exposure...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432554/epigallocatechin-gallate-protects-beas-2b-cells-from-lipopolysaccharide-induced-apoptosis-through-upregulation-of-gastrin-releasing-peptide
#19
Peethambaran Divya, Bijesh Puthusseri, Denny Joseph Kollareth Manual, Mohammed Azharuddin Savanur
Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) plays a major role in the development and maintenance of lung epithelial cells by promoting cell division, whereas its suppression causes growth arrest and apoptosis. The present study shows that human bronchial epithelial BEAS-2B cells challenged with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an endotoxin from gram-negative bacteria, downregulated GRP expression and induced apoptosis via upregulation of p53 and active caspase-3, signifying the importance of GRP in lung epithelial cell survival...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425050/oxidative-protein-modification-alters-proteostasis-under-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia-in-skeletal-muscles-a-comprehensive-in-vivo-study
#20
Akanksha Agrawal, Richa Rathor, Geetha Suryakumar
While numerous maladies are associated with hypobaric hypoxia, muscle protein loss is an important under studied topic. Hence, the present study was designed to investigate the mechanism of muscle protein loss at HH. SD rats were divided into normoxic rats, while remaining rats were exposed to simulated hypoxia equivalent to 282-torr pressure (equal to an altitude of 7620 m, 8% oxygen), at 25 °C for 6, 12, and 24 h. Post-exposure rats were sacrificed and analysis was performed. Ergo, muscle loss-related changes were observed at 12 and 24 h post-HH exposure...
May 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
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