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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109007/retinoic-acid-inducible-gene-i-rig-i-like-receptors-rlrs-in-fish-current-knowledge-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Shan Nan Chen, Peng Fei Zou, Pin Nie
Retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLRs) are found conservatively present in teleost fish. All three members, RIG-I, MDA5 and LGP2 together with the downstream molecules such as MITA, TRAF3 and TBK1 have been identified in a range of fish species. However, it is a bit unexpected that RIG-I has not been reported in fish of Acanthopterygii, and it would be important to clarify the presence and role of RIG-I gene in a broad range of taxa in Teleostei. RLRs in fish can be induced in vivo and in vitro by viral pathogens as well as synthetic double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), poly(I:C), leading to the production of type I IFNs and the expression of IFN stimulated genes (ISGs)...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108512/constitutive-notch3-signaling-promotes-the-growth-of-basal-breast-cancers
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Lisa Choy, Thijs Hagenbeek, Margaret Solon, Dorothy M French, David Finkle, Amy Shelton, Rayna Venook, Matthew J Brauer, Christian W Siebel
Notch ligands signal through one of four receptors on neighboring cells to mediate cell-cell communication and control cell fate, proliferation and survival. Although aberrant Notch activation has been implicated in numerous malignancies, including breast cancer, the importance of individual receptors in distinct breast cancer subtypes and the mechanisms of receptor activation remain unclear. Using a novel antibody to detect active NOTCH3, we report here that NOTCH3 signals constitutively in a panel of basal breast cancer cell lines and in more than one-third of basal tumors...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108382/new-xanthones-and-cytotoxic-constituents-from-garcinia-mangostana-fruit-hulls-against-human-hepatocellular-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
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Gamal A Mohamed, Ahmed M Al-Abd, Ali M El-Halawany, Hossam M Abdallah, Sabrin R M Ibrahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cancer has proceeded to surpass one of the most chronic illnesses to be the major cause of mortality in both the developing and developed world. Garcinia mangostana L. (mangosteen, family Guttiferae) known as the queen of fruits, is one of the most popular tropical fruits. It is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Philippines. Traditionally, numerous parts of G. mangostana have been utilized to treat various ailments such as abdominal pain, haemorrhoids, food allergies, arthritis, leucorrhoea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, wound infection, suppuration, and chronic ulcer...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108216/the-phenomenon-of-atherosclerosis-reversal-and-regression-lessons-from-animal-models
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REVIEW
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Veronika A Myasoedova, Victor V Revin, Alexander N Orekhov, Yuri V Bobryshev
Studies in non-rodent and murine models showed that atherosclerosis can be reversed. Atherosclerosis progression induced by high-fat or cholesterol-rich diet can be reduced and reversed to plaque regression after switching to a normal diet or through administration of lipid-lowering agents. The similar process should exist in humans after implementation of lipid-lowering therapy and as a result of targeting of small rupture-prone plaques that are major contributors for acute atherosclerotic complications. Lowering of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and the activation of reverse cholesterol transport lead to a decline in foam cell content, to the depletion of plaque lipid reservoirs, a decrease in lesional macrophage numbers through the activation of macrophage emigration and, probably, apoptosis, dampening plaque inflammation, and the induction of anti-inflammatory macrophages involved in clearance of the necrotic core and plaque healing...
January 17, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108113/current-understanding-of-the-hypothalamic-ghrelin-pathways-inducing-appetite-and-adiposity
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REVIEW
Omar Al Massadi, Miguel López, Matthias Tschöp, Carlos Diéguez, Ruben Nogueiras
Ghrelin is a multifaceted regulator of metabolism. Ghrelin regulates energy balance in the short term via induction of appetite and in the long term via increased body weight and adiposity. Recently, several central pathways modulating the metabolic actions of ghrelin were unmasked, and it was shown to act through different hypothalamic nuclei to induce feeding. Ghrelin also modulates glucose homeostasis, but the central mechanisms responsible for this action have not been studied in detail. Although ghrelin also acts through extrahypothalamic areas to promote feeding, this review specifically dissects hypothalamic control of ghrelin's orexigenic and adipogenic actions and presents current understanding of the intracellular ghrelin orexigenic pathways, including their dependence on other relevant systems implicated in energy balance...
January 17, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108025/viral-induced-suppression-of-self-reactive-t-cells-lessons-from-neurotropic-coronavirus-induced-demyelination
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REVIEW
Carine Savarin, Cornelia C Bergmann
Genetic and environmental factors, i.e. infections, have been proposed to contribute to disease induction and relapsing events in multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). While research has mainly focused on virus associated autoimmune activation, less is known about prevention of autoimmunity, especially following resolving infections associated with CNS tissue damage. This review discusses novel insights on control of self-reactive (SR) T cells activated during neurotropic coronavirus-induced demyelination...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107546/bone-marrow-stroma-protects-myeloma-cells-from-cytotoxic-damage-via-induction-of-the-oncoprotein-muc1
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Michal Bar-Natan, Dina Stroopinsky, Katarina Luptakova, Maxwell D Coll, Arie Apel, Hasan Rajabi, Athalia R Pyzer, Kristen Palmer, Michaela R Reagan, Myrna R Nahas, Rebecca Karp Leaf, Salvia Jain, Jon Arnason, Irene M Ghobrial, Kenneth C Anderson, Donald Kufe, Jacalyn Rosenblatt, David Avigan
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a lethal haematological malignancy that arises in the context of a tumour microenvironment that promotes resistance to apoptosis and immune escape. In the present study, we demonstrate that co-culture of MM cells with stromal cells results in increased resistance to cytotoxic and biological agents as manifested by decreased rates of cell death following exposure to alkylating agents and the proteosome inhibitor, bortezomib. To identify the mechanism of increased resistance, we examined the effect of the co-culture of MM cells with stroma cells, on expression of the MUC1 oncogene, known to confer tumour cells with resistance to apoptosis and necrosis...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107519/cudraflavone-c-induces-tumor-specific-apoptosis-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-inhibition-of-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Hsien-Chuen Soo, Felicia Fei-Lei Chung, Kuan-Hon Lim, Veronica Alicia Yap, Tracey D Bradshaw, Ling-Wei Hii, Si-Hoey Tan, Sze-Jia See, Yuen-Fen Tan, Chee-Onn Leong, Chun-Wai Mai
Cudraflavone C (Cud C) is a naturally-occurring flavonol with reported anti-proliferative activities. However, the mechanisms by which Cud C induced cytotoxicity have yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we investigated the effects of Cud C on cell proliferation, caspase activation andapoptosis induction in colorectal cancer cells (CRC). We show that Cud C inhibits cell proliferation in KM12, Caco-2, HT29, HCC2998, HCT116 and SW48 CRC but not in the non-transformed colorectal epithelial cells, CCD CoN 841. Cud C induces tumor-selective apoptosis via mitochondrial depolarization and activation of the intrinsic caspase pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106473/overexpression-of-buffy-enhances-the-loss-of-parkin-and-suppresses-the-loss-of-pink1-phenotypes-in-drosophila
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P Githure M'Angale, Brian E Staveley
Mutations in parkin (PARK2) and Pink1 (PARK6) are responsible for autosomal recessive forms of early onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Attributed to the failure of neurons to clear dysfunctional mitochondria, loss of gene expression leads to loss of nigrostriatal neurons. The Pink1/parkin pathway plays a role in the quality control mechanism aimed at eliminating defective mitochondria, and the failure of this mechanism results in a reduced lifespan and impaired locomotor ability, among other phenotypes. Inhibition of parkin or Pink1 through the induction of stable RNAi transgene in the Ddc-Gal4-expressing neurons results in such phenotypes to model PD...
December 22, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106348/a-biosurfactant-inspired-heptapeptide-with-improved-specificity-to-kill-mrsa
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Yuan Liu, Shuangyang Ding, Richard Dietrich, Erwin Märtlbauer, Kui Zhu
The emergence and rapid spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) poses a serious threat to public health. New antibiotics and strategies are urgently needed to combat S. aureus associated infections. Bacaucin, a novel cyclic lipopeptide from Bacillus subtilis CAU21, is reported. Bacaucin shows broad antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, but is also hemolytic and cytotoxic. However, bacaucin-1, a bacaucin-inspired ring-opened heptapeptide, shows specific antibacterial activity against MRSA by a membrane-disruptive mechanism without detectable toxicity to mammalian cells or induction of bacterial resistance...
February 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106131/hif-1%C3%AE-induction-during-reperfusion-avoids-maladaptive-repair-after-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-involving-mir127-3p
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Elisa Conde, Sara Giménez-Moyano, Laura Martín-Gómez, Macarena Rodríguez, M Edurne Ramos, Elia Aguado-Fraile, Ignacio Blanco-Sanchez, Ana Saiz, María Laura García-Bermejo
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) leads to Acute Kidney Injury. HIF-1α is a key factor during organ response to I/R. We previously demonstrated that HIF-1α is induced during renal reperfusion, after ischemia. Here we investigate the role of HIF-1α and the HIF-1α dependent mechanisms in renal repair after ischemia. By interference of HIF-1α in a rat model of renal I/R, we observed loss of expression and mis-localization of e-cadherin and induction of α-SMA, MMP-13, TGFβ, and collagen I. Moreover, we demonstrate that HIF-1α inhibition promotes renal cell infiltrates by inducing IL-1β, TNF-α, MCP-1 and VCAM-1, through NFkB activity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105933/haploid-yeast-cells-undergo-a-reversible-phenotypic-switch-associated-with-chromosome-ii-copy-number
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Polina Drozdova, Ludmila Mironova, Galina Zhouravleva
BACKGROUND: SUP35 and SUP45 are essential genes encoding polypeptide chain release factors. However, mutants for these genes may be viable but display pleiotropic phenotypes which include, but are not limited to, nonsense suppressor phenotype due to translation termination defect. [PSI (+)] prion formation is another Sup35p-associated mechanism leading to nonsense suppression through decreased availability of functional Sup35p. [PSI (+)] differs from genuine sup35 mutations by the possibility of its elimination and subsequent re-induction...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105703/mechanisms-involved-in-enhancement-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-expression-in-macrophages-by-interleukin-33
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Wataru Ariyoshi, Toshinori Okinaga, Wichida Chaweewannakorn, Sumio Akifusa, Tatsuji Nisihara
Endothelial transmigration of macrophages is accomplished by matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-induced degradation of the basement membrane and extracellular matrix components. Macrophages up-regulate MMP-9 expression and secretion upon immunological challenges and require its activity for migration during inflammatory responses. Interleukin (IL)-33 is a recently discovered pro-inflammatory cytokine that belongs to the IL-1 family. The aim of this study was to elucidate the mechanisms underlying IL-33-induced MMP-9 expression in the mouse monocyte/macrophage line RAW264...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105664/visceral-and-somatic-pain-modalities-reveal-nav-1-7-independent-visceral-nociceptive-pathways
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James R F Hockley, Rafael González-Cano, Sheridan McMurray, Miguel A Tejada-Giraldez, Cian McGuire, Antonio Torres, Anna L Wilbrey, Vincent Cibert-Goton, Francisco R Nieto, Thomas Pitcher, Charles H Knowles, José Manuel Baeyens, John N Wood, Wendy J Winchester, David C Bulmer, Cruz Miguel Cendán, Gordon McMurray
Voltage-gated sodium channel NaV 1.7 is required for acute and inflammatory pain in mice and humans but its significance for visceral pain is unknown. Here we examine the role of NaV 1.7 in visceral pain processing and the development of referred hyperalgesia using a conditional nociceptor-specific NaV 1.7 knockout mouse (NaV 1.7(Nav1.8) ) and selective small-molecule NaV 1.7 antagonist PF-5198007. NaV 1.7(Nav1.8) mice showed normal nociceptive behaviours to intracolonic application of either capsaicin or mustard oil, stimuli known to evoke sustained nociceptor activity and sensitization following tissue damage, respectively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105237/xanthohumol-inhibits-proliferation-of-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#16
Yan Li, Kai Wang, Shankai Yin, Hongliang Zheng, Daliu Min
Xanthohumol is a flavonoid compound that exhibits antioxidant and anticancer effects, and is used to treat atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of xanthohumol on the cell proliferation of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and to understand the mechanism of its action. The effects of xanthohumol on the cell viability and apoptosis rate of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma SCC4 cells were assessed by Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide staining. In addition, the expression levels of pro-apoptotic proteins, caspase-3, caspase-8, caspase-9, poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) p53 and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF), as well as anti-apoptotic markers, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and myeloid cell leukemia 1 (Mcl-1), were analyzed by western blotting...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104719/molecular-regulation-of-temperature-dependent-floral-induction-in-tulipa-gesneriana
#17
Hendrika Leeggangers, Harm Nijveen, Judit Nadal Bigas, Henk W M Hilhorst, Richard G H Immink
The vegetative to reproductive phase change in tulip is promoted by increasing temperatures during spring. The warm winters of recent years interfere with this process and are calling for new adapted cultivars. A better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms would be of help, but unlike the model plant Arabidopsis, very little is known about floral induction in tulip. To shed light on the gene regulatory network controlling flowering in tulip, RNA-sequencing was performed on meristem-enriched tissue collected under two contrasting temperature conditions, low and high...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104539/whole-body-vibration-of-mice-induces-progressive-degeneration-of-intervertebral-discs-associated-with-increased-expression-of-il-1%C3%AE-and-multiple-matrix-degrading-enzymes
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Matthew R McCann, Matthew Veras, Cynthia Yeung, Gurkeet Lalli, Priya Patel, Kristyn M Leitch, David W Holdsworth, S Jeffrey Dixon, Cheryle A Séguin
OBJECTIVE: Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a popular fitness trend based on claims of increased muscle mass, weight-loss and reduced joint pain. Following its original implementation as a treatment to increase bone mass in patients with osteoporosis, WBV has been incorporated into clinical practice for musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain. However, our recent studies revealed damaging effects of WBV on joint health in a murine model. In this report, we examined potential mechanisms underlying disc degeneration following exposure of mice to WBV...
January 16, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104492/constitutively-active-ras-signaling-reduces-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-mediated-gene-transcription-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells-by-reducing-vitamin-d-receptor-expression
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REVIEW
Marsha L DeSmet, James C Fleet
High vitamin D status is associated with reduced colon cancer risk but these studies ignore the diversity in the molecular etiology of colon cancer. RAS activating mutations are common in colon cancer and they activate pro-proliferative signaling pathways. We examined the impact of RAS activating mutations on 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D)-mediated gene expression in cultured colon and intestinal cell lines. Transient transfection of Caco-2 cells with a constitutively active mutant K-RAS (G12 V) significantly reduced 1,25(OH)2D-induced activity of both a human 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 24 hydroxyase (CYP24A1) promoter-luciferase and an artificial 3X vitamin D response element (VDRE) promoter-luciferase reporter gene...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103884/aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-cytochrome-p450%C3%A2-1a1-pathway-mediates-breast-cancer-stem-cells-expansion-through-pten-inhibition-and-%C3%AE-catenin-and-akt-activation
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Abdullah Al-Dhfyan, Ali Alhoshani, Hesham M Korashy
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer stem cells (CSCs) are small sub-type of the whole cancer cells that drive tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. Recent studies have demonstrated a role for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)/cytochrome P4501A1 pathway in CSCs expansion. However, the exact molecular mechanisms remain unclear. METHODS: The current study was designed to a) determine the effect of AhR activation and inhibition on breast CSCs development, maintenance, self-renewal, and chemoresistance at the in vitro and in vivo levels and b) explore the role of β-Catenin, PI3K/Akt, and PTEN signaling pathways...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cancer
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