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Asmaa E Kassab, Ehab M Gedawy
As we are interested in synthetizing biologically active leads with dual anticancer and antibacterial activity, we adopted biology oriented drug synthesis (BIODS) strategy to synthesize a series of novel ciprofloxacin (CP) hybrids. The National Cancer Institute (USA) selected seventeen newly synthesized compounds for anticancer evaluation against 59 different human tumor cell lines. Five compounds 3e, 3f, 3h, 3o and 3p were further studied through determination of IC50 values against the most sensitive cancer cell lines...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Shao-Fang Xing, Lin-Hua Liu, Ma-Li Zu, Xiao-Fan Ding, Wei-Ye Cui, Tuo Chang, Xiang-Lan Piao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Gypenosides are major constituents in Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino. Previous studies have shown that gypenosides isolated from G. pentaphyllum possess inhibitory effect on the growth of cancer cells, especially A549 cells, with structure-activity relationship (SAR). However, the underlying mechanism of gypenoside-induced A549 cell death remains to be clarified. AIM OF THE STUDY: To further investigate SAR and the underlying mechanism of gypenosides in A549 cells...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Xuejiao Song, Tiantao Gao, Qian Lei, Lidan Zhang, Yuqin Yao, Jingyuan Xiong
Malignant melanoma is a devastating skin cancer due to its severe drug resistance and prompt metastasis. Piperlongumine is an anti-inflammation and tumor-suppressing natural product with defined structure. While numerous studies revealed exceptional inhibitory effects of piperlongumine on several carcinomas, few investigations were performed on melanoma. Therefore, the present study investigated the anti-tumor effects of piperlongumine on human melanoma cells in vitro, and explored the mechanisms of action...
March 15, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Mao-Chi Weng, Mei-Hui Wang, Jai-Jen Tsai, Yu-Cheng Kuo, Yu-Chang Liu, Fei-Ting Hsu, Hsin-Ell Wang
Regorafenib has been demonstrated in our previous study to trigger apoptosis through suppression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) SK-Hep1 cells in vitro However, the effect of regorafenib on NF-κB-modulated tumor progression in HCC in vivo is ambiguous. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of regorafenib on NF-κB-modulated tumor progression in HCC bearing mouse model. pGL4.50 luciferase reporter vector transfected SK-Hep1 (SK-Hep1/ luc2 ) and Hep3B 2...
March 13, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Wensheng Zhang, Wanzhuo He, Xiaodong Shi, Xiao Li, Yuanyuan Wang, Minghua Hu, Fangli Ma, Ning Tao, Guiqin Wang, Zhihai Qin
Despite decades of research, malignant tumors are extremely difficult to eliminate with conventional methods. Although surgical resection potentially eradicates the problem, only a few cases are suitable for operation, and other approaches often involve harmful consequences. Revolutionary methods are desperately needed to improve patient outcomes and diminish harmful side effects. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), downregulators of the innate and adaptive immune systems, have been widely studied over the past 2 decades...
March 13, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Hirokazu Sadahiro, Kyung-Don Kang, Justin T Gibson, Mutsuko Minata, Hai Yu, Junfeng Shi, Rishi Raj Chhipa, Zhihong Chen, Songjia Lu, Yannick Simoni, Takuya Furuta, Hemragul Sabit, Suojun Zhang, Soniya Bastola, Shinobu Yamaguchi, Heba Allah Alsheikh, Svetlana Komarova, Jun Wang, Sung-Hak Kim, Dolores Hambardzumyan, Xinghua Lu, Evan W Newell, Biplab Dasgupta, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Ly James Lee, Louis B Nabors, Lyse A Norian, Ichiro Nakano
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a lethal disease with no effective therapies available. We previously observed upregulation of the TAM (Tyro-3, Axl, and Mer) receptor tyrosine kinase family member AXL in mesenchymal GBM and showed that knockdown of AXL induced apoptosis of mesenchymal, but not proneural, glioma sphere cultures (GSC). In this study, we report that BGB324, a novel small molecule inhibitor of AXL, prolongs the survival of immunocompromised mice bearing GSC-derived mesenchymal GBM-like tumors. We show that protein S (PROS1), a known ligand of other TAM receptors, was secreted by tumor-associated macrophages/microglia and subsequently physically associated with and activated AXL in mesenchymal GSC...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Research
Xu Chen, Xuan Li, Wenyan Zhang, Jie He, Bo Xu, Bin Lei, Zhenhua Wang, Courtney Cates, Thomas Rousselle, Ji Li
BACKGROUND: AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) is a stress-activated kinase that protects against cardiomyocyte injury during ischemia and reperfusion. c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), a mitogen activated protein kinase, is activated by ischemia and reperfusion. NF-κB is an important transcription factor involved in ischemia and reperfusion injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: The intrinsic activation of AMPK attenuates the inflammation which occurred during ischemia/reperfusion through the modulation of the JNK mediated NF-κB signaling pathway...
March 8, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Tong Han, Kangtao Tian, Huaqi Pan, Yongxiang Liu, Fanxing Xu, Zhanlin Li, Takahiro Uchita, Ming Gao, Huiming Hua, Dahong Li
A series of novel conjugates of brefeldin A (11a-c, 12a-c and 13a-c) were obtained by introducing a variety of nitrogen mustards at 4-OH or 7-OH position to explore more efficacious and less toxic antitumor agents. The antiproliferative activities were tested against three cancer cell lines (HL-60, PC-3 and Bel-7402) and one multidrug resistant cell line Bel-7402/5-FU. Among them, compound 11a was the strongest derivative with IC50 values of 4.48, 9.37, 0.2 and 0.84 μM, respectively, and more potent than nitrogen mustards...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Vikas H Malojirao, V Vigneshwaran, Prabhu Thirusangu, Riaz Mahmood, B T Prabhakar
Aim Deformity in the cellular homeostatic event associated with cell survival and apoptosis are committing factors for carcinogenesis. Interventions of these events by pharmacologically active agent gain predominance in cancer treatment. In current investigation Solanidine, a steroidal alkaloid was evaluated on tumorigenesis by targeting death signal using multiple tumor cells and model systems. MAIN METHODS: Anti-proliferative effect was evaluated using cytotoxic studies. Prolonged cytotoxic effect of Solanidine was examined by colony formation assay...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Jong-Woon Shin, Sae-Bom Kwon, Yesol Bak, Sang-Ku Lee, Do-Young Yoon
The compound (E)-2-benzylidene-3-(cyclohexylamino)-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-one (BCI) is known as an inhibitor of dual specific phosphatase 1/6 and mitogen-activated protein kinase. However, its precise anti-lung cancer mechanism remains unknown. In this study, the effects of BCI on the viability of non-small cell lung cancer cell lines NCI-H1299, A549, and NCI-H460 were evaluated. We confirmed that BCI significantly inhibited the viability of p53(-) NCI-H1299 cells as compared to NCI-H460 and A549 cells, which express wild-type p53...
March 28, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Jessica Castro, Marc Ribo, Antoni Benito, Maria Vilanova
BACKGROUND: Research in the field of antitumor chemotherapeutics pursues a key issue, drug selectivity for cancer cells. In the last 20 years, a group of proteins has attracted scientific interest as cancer chemotherapeutics due to their ability to specifically kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells undamaged. One of these proteins is apoptin. METHODS: In this study, the recent available literature regarding cell death mechanisms induced by apoptin has been reviewed...
March 8, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Martha L Slattery, Lila E Mullany, Lori C Sakoda, Roger K Wolff, Wade S Samowitz, Jennifer S Herrick
Apoptosis is genetically regulated and involves intrinsic and extrinsic pathways. We examined 133 genes within these pathways to identify whether they are expressed differently in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) and normal tissue (N = 217) and if they are associated with similar differential miRNA expression. Gene expression data (RNA-Seq) and miRNA expression data (Agilent Human miRNA Microarray V19.0) were generated. We focused on dysregulated genes with a fold change (FC) of > 1.50 or < 0.67, that were significant after adjustment for multiple comparisons...
March 7, 2018: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Anja Müller, Bernd Gillissen, Antje Richter, Anja Richter, Cindrilla Chumduri, Peter T Daniel, Christian W Scholz
Constitutive signaling of PI3K/Akt/mTOR plays a prominent role in malignant transformation and progression of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHL) underscoring the need for PI3K targeted therapies. The pan-class I PI3-kinase inhibitor BKM120 has shown preclinical activity in distinct malignancies and is currently tested in clinical trials. Intratumor heterogeneity is an intrinsic property of cancers that contributes to drug resistance and tumor recurrence. Here, we demonstrate that inhibition of PI3-kinases by BKM120 attenuates growth and survival of B-NHL cell lines by inducing mitotic arrest with subsequent induction of intrinsic apoptosis...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Hosein Azimian, Mahdieh Dayyani, Mohammad Taghi Bahreyni Toossi, Mahmoud Mahmoudi
Objectives: Radiotherapy is one of the most effective modalities of cancer therapy, but clinical responses of individual patients varies considerably. To enhance treatment efficiency it is essential to implement an individual-based treatment. The aim of present study was to identify the mechanism of intrinsic apoptosis pathway on radiosensitivity and normal tissue complications caused by the radiotherapy. Materials and Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from ten breast cancer patients were exposed to 6MV X-rays to deliver 1 and 2 Gy...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Carlos A Elena-Real, Antonio Díaz-Quintana, Katiuska González-Arzola, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy, Mar Orzáez, Abelardo López-Rivas, Sergio Gil-Caballero, Miguel Á De la Rosa, Irene Díaz-Moreno
Apoptosis is a highly regulated form of programmed cell death, essential to the development and homeostasis of multicellular organisms. Cytochrome c is a central figure in the activation of the apoptotic intrinsic pathway, thereby activating the caspase cascade through its interaction with Apaf-1. Our recent studies have revealed 14-3-3ε (a direct inhibitor of Apaf-1) as a cytosolic cytochrome c target. Here we explore the cytochrome c / 14-3-3ε interaction and show the ability of cytochrome c to block 14-3-3ε-mediated Apaf-1 inhibition, thereby unveiling a novel function for cytochrome c as an indirect activator of caspase-9/3...
March 6, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Haijuan Zhang, Baoxin Zhang, Cuixia Di, Mohammad Chand Ali, Jia Chen, Zhan Li, Jing Si, Hong Zhang, Hongdeng Qiu
As an important biomarker for the early stage of apoptosis, cytochrome c (Cyt c) has been recognized as a key component of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway. Fluorescence imaging tools enabling detection of Cyt c in apoptotic signaling have been rarely explored, though they are critical for cell biology and clinical theranostics. Here, we designed a novel label-free N-doped carbon dot (N-doped CD)-based nanosensor that enables fluorescence activation imaging of Cyt c release in cell apoptosis. The inner filter effect of Cyt c towards N-doped CDs enabled quantitative Cyt c measurement...
March 6, 2018: Nanoscale
Ariele Viacava Follis, Fabien Llambi, Halime Kalkavan, Yong Yao, Aaron H Phillips, Cheon-Gil Park, Francesca M Marassi, Douglas R Green, Richard W Kriwacki
Intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) of proteins often regulate function upon post-translational modification (PTM) through interactions with folded domains. An IDR linking two α-helices (α1-α2) of the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-xL experiences several PTMs that reduce antiapoptotic activity. Here, we report that PTMs within the α1-α2 IDR promote its interaction with the folded core of Bcl-xL that inhibits the proapoptotic activity of two types of regulatory targets, BH3-only proteins and p53. This autoregulation utilizes an allosteric pathway whereby, in one direction, the IDR induces a direct displacement of p53 from Bcl-xL coupled to allosteric displacement of simultaneously bound BH3-only partners...
March 5, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Jianjun Zhu, Mingpeng Jin, Jiaojiao Wang, Hui Zhang, Yousheng Wu, Deyang Li, Xiaoying Ji, Hushan Yang, Chun Yin, Tingting Ren, Jinliang Xing
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor-α has been proven an effective anticancer agent in preclinical studies. However, the translation of TNFα from research to clinic has been blocked by significant systemic toxicity and limited efficacy at maximal tolerated dose, which need urgently to be solved. METHODS: The level of cytosolic Ca2+ was assessed by Fura-2 in HCC cells. After changing cytosolic Ca2+ level by using agonists or inhibitors, cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Johan Spetz, Nils Rudqvist, Britta Langen, Toshima Z Parris, Johanna Dalmo, Emil Schüler, Bo Wängberg, Ola Nilsson, Khalil Helou, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
INTRODUCTION: Patients with neuroendocrine tumors expressing somatostatin receptors are often treated with177 Lu-octreotate. Despite being highly effective in animal models,177 Lu-octreotate-based therapies in the clinical setting can be optimized further. The aims of the study were to identify and elucidate possible optimization venues for177 Lu-octreotate tumor therapy by characterizing transcriptional responses in the GOT1 small intestine neuroendocrine tumor model in nude mice. METHODS: GOT1-bearing female BALB/c nude mice were intravenously injected with 15 MBq177 Lu-octreotate (non-curative amount) or mock-treated with saline solution...
February 6, 2018: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Ghada Hosny, Wesam Ismail, Rania Makboul, Fatma A M Badary, Thanaa M M Sotouhy
INTRODUCTION: The role of intrinsic pathway of apoptosis in pathogenesis of lupus nephritis (LN) is still not clear. We investigated the relation between the expression of two major proteins of the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis; bcl2 as an antiapoptotic protein and bax as a proapoptotic one; in renal tissue of LN. METHODS: The study included fifty paraffin embedded renal tissue obtained from renal biopsy specimens of LN patients (8 cases class II, 10 cases class III, 21 cases class IV and 11 cases class V) and five paraffin embedded apparently normal renal tissue obtained from nephrectomy specimens due to renal neoplasms as a control group...
January 31, 2018: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
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