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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335495/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-loaded-ps80-pbca-nanocarrier-for-in-vitro-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Chiu-Yen Chung, Martin Hsiu-Chu Lin, I-Neng Lee, Tsong-Hai Lee, Ming-Hsueh Lee, Jen-Tsung Yang
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can induce neural differentiation in stem cells and has the potential for repair of the nervous system. In this study, a polysorbate 80-coated polybutylcyanoacrylate nanocarrier (PS80 PBCA NC) was constructed to deliver plasmid DNAs (pDNAs) containing BDNF gene attached to a hypoxia-responsive element (HRE-cmvBDNF). The hypoxia-sensing mechanism of BDNF expression and inductiveness of the nano-formulation on mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to differentiate into neurons following hypoxia was tested in vitro with immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321113/acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-in-the-amygdala-is-involved-in-pain-and-anxiety-related-behaviours-associated-with-arthritis
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Youssef Aissouni, Abderrahim El Guerrab, Al Mahdy Hamieh, Jérémy Ferrier, Maryse Chalus, Diane Lemaire, Stéphanie Grégoire, Monique Etienne, Alain Eschalier, Denis Ardid, Eric Lingueglia, Fabien Marchand
Chronic pain is associated with anxiety and depression episodes. The amygdala plays a key role in the relationship between emotional responses and chronic pain. Here, we investigated the role of Acid-Sensing Ion Channels 1a within the basolateral amygdala (BLA), in pain and associated anxiety in a rat model of monoarthritis (MoAr). Administration within the BLA of PcTx1 or mambalgin-1, two specific inhibitors of ASIC1a-containing channels significantly inhibited pain and anxiety-related behaviours in MoAr rats...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315368/the-emerging-role-of-pi3k-akt-mediated-epigenetic-regulation-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Jennifer M Spangle, Thomas M Roberts, Jean J Zhao
The PI3-kinase/AKT pathway integrates signals from external cellular stimuli to regulate essential cellular functions, and is frequently aberrantly activated in human cancers. Recent research demonstrates that tight regulation of the epigenome is critical in preserving and restricting transcriptional activation, which can impact cellular growth and proliferation. In this review we examine mechanisms by which the PI3K/AKT pathway regulates the epigenome to promote oncogenesis, and highlight how connections between PI3K/AKT and the epigenome may impact the future therapeutic treatment of cancers featuring a hyperactivated PI3K/AKT pathway...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306502/pacer-mediates-the-function-of-class-iii-pi3k-and-hops-complexes-in-autophagosome-maturation-by-engaging-stx17
#4
Xiawei Cheng, Xiuling Ma, Xianming Ding, Lin Li, Xiao Jiang, Zhirong Shen, She Chen, Wei Liu, Weihua Gong, Qiming Sun
Class III PI3-kinase (PI3KC3) is essential for autophagy initiation, but whether PI3KC3 participates in other steps of autophagy remains unknown. The HOPS complex mediates the fusion of intracellular vesicles to lysosome, but how HOPS specifically tethers autophagosome to lysosome remains elusive. Here, we report Pacer (protein associated with UVRAG as autophagy enhancer) as a regulator of autophagy. Pacer localizes to autophagic structures and positively regulates autophagosome maturation. Mechanistically, Pacer antagonizes Rubicon to stimulate Vps34 kinase activity...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303260/evidence-for-an-additive-neurorestorative-effect-of-simultaneously-administered-cdnf-and-gdnf-in-hemiparkinsonian-rats-implications-for-different-mechanism-of-action
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Merja H Voutilainen, Francesca De Lorenzo, Polina Stepanova, Susanne Bäck, Li-Ying Yu, Päivi Lindholm, Eeva Pörsti, Mart Saarma, Pekka T Männistö, Raimo K Tuominen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with a progressive loss of dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons of the substantia nigra (SN) and the accumulation of intracellular inclusions containing α-synuclein. Current therapies do not stop the progression of the disease, and the efficacy of these treatments wanes over time. Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) are naturally occurring proteins promoting the survival and differentiation of neurons and the maintenance of neuronal contacts. CDNF (cerebral dopamine NTF) and GDNF (glial cell line-derived NTF) are able to protect DAergic neurons against toxin-induced degeneration in experimental models of PD...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302666/mtorc1-signalling-mediates-pi3k-dependent-large-lipid-droplet-accumulation-in-drosophila-ovarian-nurse-cells
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Lawrence B Mensah, Deborah C I Goberdhan, Clive Wilson
Insulin and insulin-like growth factor signalling (IIS), which is primarily mediated by the PI3-kinase (PI3K)/PTEN/Akt kinase signalling cassette, is a highly evolutionary conserved pathway involved in co-ordinating growth, development, ageing and nutrient homeostasis with dietary intake. It controls transcriptional regulators, in addition to promoting signalling by mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) Complex 1 (mTORC1), which stimulates biosynthesis of proteins and other macromolecules, and drives organismal growth...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291540/roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-improves-glucose-homeostasis-reduces-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-livers-of-obese-rats-and-in-kupffer-cells-via-an-ampk-dependent-pathway
#7
Yanhua Peng, James Zongyu Li, Min You, Michel M Murr
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress and inflammation are implicated in the pathogenesis of steatohepatitis. We hypothesize that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the liver of obese rats via activation of AMPK-α. METHODS: Obese Sprague-Dawley male rats underwent either sham operation or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Hepatic TNF-α, NF-κB, IRS-2, PI3 kinase, PKC-ζ, NOX2, and AMPK-α were measured. Mechanistic studies were done in a rat Kupffer cell line (RKC1) that was treated with free fatty acids to mimic lipotoxicity and then transfected with AMPK-α siRNA...
March 10, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288875/the-histone-h2a-isoform-hist2h2ac-is-a-novel-regulator-of-proliferation-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-mammary-epithelial-and-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Fátima Liliana Monteiro, Rui Vitorino, Jun Wang, Hugo Cardoso, Hugo Laranjeira, Joana Simões, Margarida Caldas, Rui Henrique, Francisco Amado, Cecilia Williams, Carmen Jerónimo, Luisa A Helguero
Proliferation and differentiation are controlled through chromatin remodelling. Therefore, there is an enormous biological significance and clinical value in understanding how specific signalling pathways are affected by histone replacement in the nucleosome. In this work, mass spectrometry was used to screen HC11 mammary epithelial cells for changes in histone levels throughout cell differentiation. The canonical histone isoform Histone H2A type 2-C (Hist2h2ac) was found only in undifferentiated/proliferating cells...
March 11, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286253/chiari-i-malformation-in-a-child-with-pten-hamartoma-tumor-syndrome-association-or-coincidence
#9
Veronica Saletti, Silvia Esposito, Angelo Maccaro, Sabrina Giglio, Laura Grazia Valentini, Luisa Chiapparini
PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) refers to a group of clinical conditions caused by germline mutations in the PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Increasing evidence has documented that PHTS may be associated with a broader spectrum of structural brain abnormalities, including dysplastic gangliocytoma of the cerebellum, brain tumors, vascular malformations, white matter abnormalities, dilated perivascular spaces and cortical dysplasia. We report a PTEN-mutated child showing macrocephaly, mild intellectual disability and epilepsy symptomatic of right occipital polymicrogyria, who also developed Chiari I Malformation (CIM) that repeatedly required surgical correction...
March 7, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281882/efficient-expression-of-stable-recombinant-human-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-fusion-with-human-serum-albumin-in-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
#10
Aini Wan, Dongsheng Xu, Kedong Liu, Lin Peng, Yanfei Cai, Yun Chen, Yang He, Jianfeng Yang, Jian Jin, Huazhong Li
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) plays a crucial role in cell development, differentiation and metabolism and has been a potential therapeutic agent for many diseases. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are widely used for production of recombinant therapeutic proteins, but the expression level of IGF-1 in CHO cells is very low (1500 µg/L) and the half-life of IGF-1 in blood circulation is only 4.5 min according to previously studies. Therefore, IGF-1 was fused to long-circulating serum protein HSA and expressed in CHO cells...
March 10, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274349/sex-hormones-and-acne
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Qiang Ju, Tao Tao, Tingting Hu, Ayşe Serap Karadağ, Safaa Al-Khuzaei, WenChieh Chen
The skin is an endocrine organ with the expression of metabolizing enzymes and hormone receptors for diverse hormones. The sebaceous gland is the main site of hormone biosynthesis, especially for androgens, and acne is the classical androgen-mediated dermatosis. In sebocytes, conversion of 17-hydroxyprogesterone directly to dihydrotestosterone bypassing testosterone has been demonstrated, while type II 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase can inactivate the action of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. The androgen receptor-dependent genomic effect of dihydrotestosterone on sebocytes is confirmed...
March 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269754/evaluation-of-pik3ca-mutations-as-a-biomarker-in-chinese-breast-carcinomas-from-western-china
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Jingliang Cheng, Shangyi Fu, Chunli Wei, Mousumi Tania, Asaduzzaman Khan, Saber Imani, Baixu Zhou, Hanchun Chen, Xiuli Xiao, Jingbo Wu, Junjiang Fu
BACKGROUND: PIK3CA gene encodes the p110 α catalytic subunit of the oncoprotein phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3 K) which regulates many biological processes such as cell proliferation, differentiation, migration and survival through the activation of various signaling pathways. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have investigated the possible somatic mutations in PIK3CA gene in invasive ductal breast carcinomas of Chinese women from Western China. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples...
February 27, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263967/characterization-of-pten-mutations-in-brain-cancer-reveals-that-pten-mono-ubiquitination-promotes-protein-stability-and-nuclear-localization
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Jr-M Yang, P Schiapparelli, H-N Nguyen, A Igarashi, Q Zhang, S Abbadi, L M Amzel, H Sesaki, A Quiñones-Hinojosa, M Iijima
PTEN is a PIP3 phosphatase that antagonizes oncogenic PI3-kinase signalling. Due to its critical role in suppressing the potent signalling pathway, it is one of the most mutated tumour suppressors, especially in brain tumours. It is generally thought that PTEN deficiencies predominantly result from either loss of expression or enzymatic activity. By analysing PTEN in malignant glioblastoma primary cells derived from 16 of our patients, we report mutations that block localization of PTEN at the plasma membrane and nucleus without affecting lipid phosphatase activity...
March 6, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261317/potential-therapeutic-targets-of-guggulsterone-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Ajaz A Bhat, Kirti S Prabhu, Shilpa Kuttikrishnan, Roopesh Krishnankutty, Jayaprakash Babu, Ramzi M Mohammad, Shahab Uddin
Natural compounds capable of inducing apoptosis in cancer cells have always been of considerable interest as potential anti-cancer agents. Many such compounds are under screening and development with their potential evolution as a clinical drug benefiting many of the cancer patients. Guggulsterone (GS), a phytosterol isolated gum resin of the tree Commiphora mukul has been widely used in Indian traditional medicine as a remedy for various diseses. GS has been shown to possess cancer chemopreventive and therapeutic potential as established by in vitro and in vivo studies...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253924/withania-somnifera-leaf-alleviates-cognitive-dysfunction-by-enhancing-hippocampal-plasticity-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-model
#15
Shaffi Manchanda, Gurcharan Kaur
BACKGROUND: Sedentary lifestyle, psychological stress and labor saving devices in this current society often disrupts the energy gain and expenditure balance leading to obesity. High caloric diet is associated with the high prevalence of cognitive dysfunction and neuropsychiatric disorders in addition to cardiovascular and metabolic abnormalities. The present study was aimed to elucidate the potential beneficial effect of dry leaf powder of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) in preventing the cognitive decline associated with diet induced obesity...
March 3, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253828/emerging-protein-kinase-inhibitors-for-treating-pancreatic-cancer
#16
Junji Furuse, Fumio Nagashima
Pancreatic cancer, the incidence and mortality of which are increasing around the world, has the most dismal prognosis among the commonly encountered cancers. Systemic chemotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer, and development of more effective chemotherapies is being sought. Areas covered: This review article provides a summary about protein kinase inhibitors that have been investigated for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, not only existing agents targeting RAS, EGFR, VEGFR, MEK, etc...
March 2017: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249734/role-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-the-regulation-of-neuropeptide-w-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#17
Rikang Wang, Fengxia Yan, Rifang Liao, Pei Wan, Peter J Little, Wenhua Zheng
Nerve growth factor (NGF) and Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are neurotrophic factors involved in the growth, survival and functioning of neurons. In addition, a possible role of neurotrophins, particularly BDNF, in HPA axis hyperactivation has recently been proposed. Neuropeptide W (NPW) is an endogenous peptide ligand for the GPR7 and GPR8 and a stress mediator in the hypothalamus. It activates the HPA axis by working on hypothalamic corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). No information is available about the interrelationships between neurotrophines like NGF/BDNF and NPW...
February 27, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249356/regulation-of-skeletal-muscle-stem-cells-by-fibroblast-growth-factors
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REVIEW
Bradley Pawlikowski, Thomas Orion Vogler, Katherine Gadek, Bradley Olwin
Fibroblast growth factors are essential for self-renewal of skeletal muscle stem cells (satellite cells), and required for maintenance and repair of skeletal muscle. Satellite cells express high levels of FGF receptor 1 and 4, low levels of FGF receptor 3 and little or no detectable FGF receptor 2. Of the multiple FGFs that influence satellite cell function in culture, FGF2 and FGF6 are the only members that regulate satellite cell function in vivo by activating ERK MAPK, p38α/β MAPKs, PI3 kinase, PLCγ and STATs...
March 1, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243241/high-expression-of-antiviral-and-vitamin-d-pathway-genes-are-a-natural-characteristic-of-a-small-cohort-of-hiv-1-exposed-seronegative-individuals
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Wbeimar Aguilar-Jimenez, Irma Saulle, Daria Trabattoni, Francesca Vichi, Sergio Lo Caputo, Francesco Mazzotta, Maria T Rugeles, Mario Clerici, Mara Biasin
Natural resistance to HIV-1 infection is influenced by genetics, viral-exposure, and endogenous immunomodulators such as vitamin D (VitD), being a multifactorial phenomenon that characterizes HIV-1-exposed seronegative individuals (HESNs). We compared mRNA expression of 10 antivirals, 5 immunoregulators, and 3 VitD pathway genes by qRT-PCR in cells of a small cohort of 11 HESNs, 16 healthy-controls (HCs), and 11 seropositives (SPs) at baseline, in response to calcidiol (VitD precursor) and/or aldithriol-2-(AT2)-inactivated HIV-1...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228749/neuroprotective-role-of-the-pi3-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway-in-zebrafish
#20
Shuang Chen, Yunzhang Liu, Xiaozhi Rong, Yun Li, Jianfeng Zhou, Ling Lu
Neuronal survival and growth in the embryo is controlled partly by trophic factors. For most trophic factors (such as Insulin-like growth factor-1), the ability to regulate cell survival has been attributed to the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt kinase cascade. This study presents data illustrating the role of PI3K/Akt in attainment of normal brain size during zebrafish embryogenesis. Blocking PI3K with inhibitor LY294002 caused a significant reduction in brain size (in addition to global growth retardation) during zebrafish embryogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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