Read by QxMD icon Read


LaDonya Jackson, Wael Eldahshan, Susan C Fagan, Adviye Ergul
For many years, modulators of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) have been trusted by clinicians for the control of essential hypertension. It was recently demonstrated that these modulators have other pleiotropic properties independent of their hypotensive effects, such as enhancement of cognition. Within the brain, different components of the RAS have been extensively studied in the context of neuroprotection and cognition. Interestingly, a crosstalk between the RAS and other systems such as cholinergic, dopaminergic and adrenergic systems have been demonstrated...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Qing Cai, Sen-Miao Tong, Wei Shao, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and deacetylases (HDACs) maintain dynamics of lysine acetylation/deacetylation on histones and non-histone substrates involved in gene regulation and cellular events. Hos2 is a class I HDAC that deacetylates unique histone H4-K16 site in yeasts. Here, we report that orthologous Hos2 deacetylates H4-K16 and is also involved in the acetylation of histone H3-K56 and the phosphorylation of histone H2A-S129 and cyclin-dependent kinase 1 CDK1-Y15 in Beauveria bassiana, a filamentous fungal insect pathogen...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Charles K Davis, Sreekala S Nampoothiri, G K Rajanikant
The constant failure of single-target drug therapies for ischemic stroke necessitates the development of novel pleiotropic pharmacological treatment approaches, to effectively combat the aftermath of this devastating disorder. The major objective of our study involves a multi-target drug repurposing strategy to stabilize hypoxia-inducible factor-1 α (HIF-1α) via a structure-based screening approach to simultaneously inhibit its regulatory proteins, PHD2, FIH, and pVHL. Out of 1424 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs that were screened, folic acid (FA) emerged as the top hit and its binding potential to PHD2, FIH, and pVHL was further verified by re-docking, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and by Drug Affinity Responsive Target Stability (DARTS) assay...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Antonio Junior Lepedda, Gabriele Nieddu, Silvia Rocchiccioli, Nadia Ucciferri, Michela Idini, Pierina De Muro, Marilena Formato
Background: Diabetes mellitus is a global health problem representing the fifth leading cause of mortality and a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. In the last years, we reported an association among urinary trypsin inhibitor (UTI), a small proteoglycan that plays pleiotropic roles in many inflammatory processes, and both type 1 and 2 diabetes and developed a method for its direct quantitation and structural characterization. Methods: Urine from 39 patients affected by type 1 diabetes, 32 patients with type 2 diabetes, and 52 controls were analysed...
2018: Journal of Diabetes Research
Ella Preger-Ben Noon, Gonzalo Sabarís, Daniela M Ortiz, Jonathan Sager, Anna Liebowitz, David L Stern, Nicolás Frankel
Developmental genes can have complex cis-regulatory regions with multiple enhancers. Early work revealed remarkable modularity of enhancers, whereby distinct DNA regions drive gene expression in defined spatiotemporal domains. Nevertheless, a few reports have shown that enhancers function in multiple developmental stages, implying that enhancers can be pleiotropic. Here, we have studied the activity of the enhancers of the shavenbaby gene throughout D. melanogaster development. We found that all seven shavenbaby enhancers drive expression in multiple tissues and developmental stages...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Hiroto Kambara, Fei Liu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Besnik Bajrami, Yan Teng, Li Zhao, Shiyi Zhou, Hongbo Yu, Weidong Zhou, Leslie E Silberstein, Tao Cheng, Mingzhe Han, Yuanfu Xu, Hongbo R Luo
Gasdermin D (GSDMD) is considered a proinflammatory factor that mediates pyroptosis in macrophages to protect hosts from intracellular bacteria. Here, we reveal that GSDMD deficiency paradoxically augmented host responses to extracellular Escherichia coli, mainly by delaying neutrophil death, which established GSDMD as a negative regulator of innate immunity. In contrast to its activation in macrophages, in which activated inflammatory caspases cleave GSDMD to produce an N-terminal fragment (GSDMD-cNT) to trigger pyroptosis, GSDMD cleavage and activation in neutrophils was caspase independent...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Mariia Rabyk, Oleksandr Yushchuk, Ihor Rokytskyy, Maria Anisimova, Bohdan Ostash
The AdpA protein from a streptomycin producer Streptomyces griseus is a founding member of the AdpA family of pleiotropic regulators, known to be ubiquitously present in streptomycetes. Functional genomic approaches revealed a huge number of AdpA targets, leading to the claim that the AdpA regulon is the largest one in bacteria. The expression of adpA is limited at the level of translation of the rare leucyl UUA codon. All known properties of AdpA regulators were discovered on a few streptomycete strains. There are open questions about the true abundance and diversity of AdpA across actinobacterial taxa (and beyond) and about the possible evolutionary forces that shape the AdpA orthologous group in Streptomyces...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Jun Wei, Roberta G Marangoni, Feng Fang, Wenxia Wang, Jingang Huang, Joerg H W Distler, John Varga
The mechanisms underlying persistent fibroblast activation and myofibroblast phenoconversion in underlying multi-organ fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc) remain incompletely understood, hindering effective therapies to slow or reverse the process. Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) is a pleiotropic member of the CDK family originally identified in neuronal cells. In contrast to other CDKs, CDK5 activity depends on its CDK5R1 subunit p35. Here we demonstrate that expression of p35 and CDK5 activity are induced by TGF-ß in fibroblasts and adipocytic cell types...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Jian Yin, Ran Li, Wenchao Liu, Yunchang Chen, Xin Zhang, Xifeng Li, Xuying He, Chuanzhi Duan
Early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can lead to inflammation and neuronal dysfunction. There is a need for effective strategies to mitigate these effects and improve the outcome of patients who experience SAH. The mRNA-destabilizing protein tristetraprolin (TTP) is an anti-inflammatory factor that induces the decay of cytokine transcripts and has been implicated in diseases such as glioma. However, the mechanism of action of TTP in EBI after SAH is unclear. The present study investigated the effects of TTP regulation via phosphorylation in a rat model of SAH by protein phosphatase (PP)2A, which is a pleiotropic enzyme complex with multiple substrate phospho-proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Ao Shen, Madeline Nieves-Cintron, Yawen Deng, Qian Shi, Dhrubajyoti Chowdhury, Jinyi Qi, Johannes W Hell, Manuel F Navedo, Yang K Xiang
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) transduce pleiotropic intracellular signals in a broad range of physiological responses and disease states. Activated GPCRs can undergo agonist-induced phosphorylation by G protein receptor kinases (GRKs) and second messenger-dependent protein kinases such as protein kinase A (PKA). Here, we characterize spatially segregated subpopulations of β2 -adrenergic receptor (β2 AR) undergoing selective phosphorylation by GRKs or PKA in a single cell. GRKs primarily label monomeric β2 ARs that undergo endocytosis, whereas PKA modifies dimeric β2 ARs that remain at the cell surface...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
George Hindy, Gunnar Engström, Susanna C Larsson, Matthew Traylor, Hugh S Markus, Olle Melander, Marju Orho-Melander
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Statin therapy is associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke supporting a causal role of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. However, more evidence is needed to answer the question whether LDL cholesterol plays a causal role in ischemic stroke subtypes. In addition, it is unknown whether high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides have a causal relationship to ischemic stroke and its subtypes. Our aim was to investigate the causal role of LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides in ischemic stroke and its subtypes through Mendelian randomization (MR)...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Tadashige Nozaki, Yuka Sasaki, Itsuko Fukuda, Mayu Isumi, Keitaro Nakamoto, Takae Onodera, Mitsuko Masutani
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family, member 1 (Parp1) has pleiotropic and disparate functions in multiple cellular signaling pathways through post-translational protein modification. It contributes to the regulation of various cellular processes, including DNA damage repair, cell death, and cell differentiation, genetically or epigenetically. Meanwhile, the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling remain to be established. To examine the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling, we examined microRNA (miRNA) regulation in exosomes derived from Parp1-deficient (Parp1-/- ) embryonic stem (ES) cells...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shinwan Kany, Mathias Woschek, Niels Kneip, Ramona Sturm, Miriam Kalbitz, Marc Hanschen, Borna Relja
Osteosarcoma is the leading primary bone cancer in young adults and exhibits high chemoresistance rates. Therefore, characterization of both alternative treatment options and the underlying mechanisms is essential. Simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, has among its pleiotropic effects anticancer potential. Characterizing this potential and the underlying mechanisms in osteosarcoma is the subject of the present study. Human osteosarcoma cells (SaOS-2 and U2OS) were treated with simvastatin (4-66 µM) for 48 or 72 h...
April 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Emmanuel Ampofo, Beate M Schmitt, Michael M Menger, Matthias W Laschke
The pharmacological targeting of microcirculatory dysregulations is a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of numerous pathological conditions, such as cancer, thrombosis and inflammation. A promising candidate for this purpose is indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a phytochemical compound of cruciferous vegetables. As summarized in this review, I3C affects multiple molecular and cellular processes within the microcirculation due to its pleiotropic action profile. These include angiogenesis, leukocyte-endothelial cell interaction, cytokine and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, thrombus formation and microvascular leakage...
March 12, 2018: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Akhgar Ghassabian, Paul S Albert, Mady Hornig, Edwina Yeung, Sara Cherkerzian, Risë B Goldstein, Stephen L Buka, Jill M Goldstein, Stephen E Gilman
Gestational inflammation may contribute to brain abnormalities associated with childhood neuropsychiatric disorders. Limited knowledge exists regarding the associations of maternal cytokine levels during pregnancy with offspring neurocognitive development. We assayed the concentrations of five cytokines (interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and IL-10) up to four times in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy using stored prenatal sera from 1366 participants in the New England Family Study (enrollment 1959-1966)...
March 13, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Simona Delle Monache, Patrizia Di Fulvio, Ester Iannetti, Luca Valerii, Ludovica Capone, Maria Giovanna Nespoli, Mauro Bologna, Adriano Angelucci
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vitamin D is a pleiotropic hormone targeting several tissues and is involved in basic homeostatic processes, including bone mineralization, immune response and muscle strength. Although hypovitaminosis D is common in Europe and North America, representing a risk factor for several chronic diseases, the contribution of factors other than sun exposure is largely underestimated. METHODS: In our study, we retrospectively collected data from medical records of women with age between 19 and 80 screened in Central Italy (42°N) for increased risk of metabolic syndrome...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Brintha Parasumanna Girinathan, Junjun Ou, Bruno Dupuy, Revathi Govind
Clostridium difficile is the primary cause of nosocomial diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis. It produces dormant spores, which serve as an infectious vehicle responsible for transmission of the disease and persistence of the organism in the environment. In Bacillus subtilis, the sin locus coding SinR (113 aa) and SinI (57 aa) is responsible for sporulation inhibition. In B. subtilis, SinR mainly acts as a repressor of its target genes to control sporulation, biofilm formation, and autolysis. SinI is an inhibitor of SinR, so their interaction determines whether SinR can inhibit its target gene expression...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Rima S Zahr, Prasanthi Chappa, Hong Yin, Lou A Brown, Kenneth I Ataga, David R Archer
Recent studies have demonstrated pleiotropic effects of statins in various mouse models of kidney disease. In this study, Townes humanized sickle cell mice were treated for 8 weeks with atorvastatin at a dose of 10 mg/kg/day starting at 10 weeks of age. Treatment with atorvastatin significantly reduced albuminuria, and improved both urine concentrating ability and glomerular filtration rate. Atorvastatin also decreased markers of kidney injury and endothelial activation, and ameliorated oxidant stress in renal tissues and peripheral macrophages...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
Pengcheng Li, Yingying Zhang, Shuangyi Yin, Pengfei Zhu, Ting Pan, Yang Xu, Jieyu Wang, Derong Hao, Huimin Fang, Chenwu Xu, Zefeng Yang
Drought is a major abiotic stress factor limiting maize production, and elucidating the genetic control of root system architecture and plasticity to water-deficit stress is a crucial problem to improve drought adaptability. In this study, 13 root and shoot traits and genetic plasticity were evaluated in a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population under well-watered (WW) and water stress (WS) conditions. Significant phenotypic variation was observed for all observed traits both under WW and WS conditions. Most of the measured traits showed significant genotype-environment interaction (GEI) in both environments...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Morane Le Hiress, Bernardin Akagah, Guillaume Bernadat, Ly Tu, Raphaël Thuillet, Alice Huertas, Carole Phan, Elie Fadel, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert, Gaël Jalce, Christophe Guignabert
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a key pleiotropic mediator and a promising therapeutic target in cancer as well as in several inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Here, a novel series of N-(phenylmethyl)-benzoxazol-2-thiones 5-32 designed to target the MIF tautomerase active site was synthesized and evaluated for its effects on cell survival. Investigation of structure-activity relationship (SAR) particularly at the 5-position of the benzoxazole core led to the identification of 31 that potently inhibits cell survival in DU-145 prostate cancer cells and pulmonary endothelial cells derived from patients with idiopathic PAH (iPAH-ECs), two cell lines for which survival is MIF-dependent...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"