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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454460/melatonin-treatment-induces-apoptosis-through-regulating-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathways-in-human-gastric-cancer-sgc7901-cells
#1
Weimin Li, Zhonglue Wang, Yina Chen, Kaijing Wang, Ting Lu, Fei Ying, Mengdi Fan, Zhiyin Li, Jiansheng Wu
Melatonin, which is synthesized by the pineal gland and released into the blood, exhibits antitumor properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects, particularly in stomach cancer, remain unknown. In the present study, the effect of melatonin on the nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling pathway and the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway, involving p38 and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK), were investigated in SGC7901 gastric cancer cells. In addition, the effect of melatonin on the survival, migration and apoptosis of these cells was investigated in vitro in order to evaluate the use of melatonin for the treatment of gastric cancer...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454438/chk2-is-involved-in-the-p53-independent-radiosensitizing-effects-of-valproic-acid
#2
Dong Wan Choo, Sung Ho Goh, Young Woo Cho, Hye Jung Baek, Eun Jung Park, Noboru Motoyama, Tae Hyun Kim, Joo Young Kim, Sang Soo Kim
Radiotherapy is an effective treatment for the majority of types of localized solid cancer. However, the risk of side effects to the surrounding normal tissues limits radiotherapeutic approaches. Whilst the mechanism of action of valproic acid, an inhibitor of histone deacetylase, remains unknown, the inhibitor is a potential antineoplastic radiosensitizer. The present study demonstrated the in vitro radiosensitizing effects of valproic acid on the human breast cancer MCF7 cell line, and revealed that valproic acid increased the level of DNA breakage, apoptosis and senescence...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454430/wt1-associated-protein-is-a-novel-prognostic-factor-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#3
Bing-Qi Li, Shuai Huang, Qian-Qian Shao, Jian Sun, Li Zhou, Lei You, Tai-Ping Zhang, Quan Liao, Jun-Chao Guo, Yu-Pei Zhao
Although Wilms tumor 1 (WT1)-associated protein (WTAP) was initially found to be a specific WT1-binding protein, it has increasingly attracted attention because of its oncogenic role in various types of malignancies, including cholangiocarcinoma, glioblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia. However, the clinical impact of WTAP on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is still unknown. A total of 145 patients who underwent surgical treatment from 2004 to 2008 were enrolled in the present study. The cytoplasmic and nuclear expression of WTAP in tumor and adjacent normal tissues was examined by immunohistochemical analysis in order to investigate the relationship between WTAP and the clinicopathological factors and prognosis of patients with PDAC...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454415/stat3-activation-and-risk-of-recurrence-in-meningiomas
#4
Mahlon Johnson, Mary O'Connell, Kevin Walter
Several studies have suggested that activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is associated with initiation, progression and metastasis of numerous types of malignancy. However, the role of the Janus kinase-interleukin 6-STAT3 signaling pathway in the pathogenesis and recurrence of meningiomas is unknown. The present study evaluated STAT3 activation by western blotting and immunohistochemistry and assessed its association with Ki-67 labeling in 13 cases of meningioma in which frozen tissue and ≥5...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454329/overexpression-of-heat-shock-factor-1-is-associated-with-a-poor-prognosis-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#5
Yukiko Tsukao, Makoto Yamasaki, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Tomoki Makino, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukinori Kurokawa, Hiroshi Miyata, Kiyokazu Nakajima, Shuji Takiguchi, Koshi Mimori, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki
Heat-shock factor 1 (HSF1) is the primary regulator of the response to various stressors. A previous study showed that HSF1 expression is associated with a poor prognosis in breast cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma; however, the prognostic significance of HSF1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is unknown. Therefore, the present study investigated the association between HSF1 expression and the clinicopathological parameters of patients, as well as the association between HSF1 expression, and heat shock protein (Hsp)27, Hsp70 and Hsp90 expression induced by HSF1, by cDNA microarray and immunohistochemistry analyses...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454291/thioridazine-has-potent-antitumor-effects-on-lung-cancer-stem-like-cells
#6
Jiani Shen, Buyun Ma, Xinmin Zhang, Xiaozhu Sun, Jiancui Han, Yigang Wang, Liang Chu, Haineng Xu, Yu Yang
Thioridazine (TDZ), originally an anti-psychotic drug, suppresses several types of cancer and has specificity for leukemia stem cells. The present study was performed to assess its effect on lung cancer stem-like cells, as its effect remains unknown. TDZ was utilized to treat lung cancer stem-like cells (A549 sphere cells) and its cytotoxic effect and mechanism were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. TDZ elicited cytotoxicity in A549 sphere cells and inhibited their proliferation in a dose-dependent pattern. A549 sphere cells treated with TDZ showed nuclear fragmentation, increased G0/G1 phase distribution, positive Annexin V staining, and a change in the expression of caspase family and cell cycle-associated proteins...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454284/anti-apoptotic-protein-lifeguard-does-not-act-as-a-tumor-marker-in-breast-cancer
#7
Viktor Maurer, Kerstin Reimers, Hans J Lück, Peter M Vogt, Vesna Bucan
The aim of the present study was to use an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to determine the concentrations of Lifeguard (LFG) protein in the serum of 36 patients diagnosed with breast cancer and to compare these values with the concentrations of LFG protein in the serum of 7 healthy volunteers in order to detect a possible association between the expression of LFG in the serum and the degree of malignancy of the disease. Although there is no direct association between the LFG protein concentration in the serum and the degree of malignancy of breast cancer, a statistically significant distribution of the concentration in all investigated samples was observed...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454224/direct-targeting-of-mapk8ip1-by-mir-10a-5p-is-a-major-mechanism-for-gastric-cancer-metastasis
#8
Yaoyong Lu, Ganbao Wei, Liangbo Liu, Yichao Mo, Qingsheng Chen, Lufei Xu, Rongwei Liao, Dehao Zeng, Kunqiang Zhang
MicroRNA (miRNA) are endogenous non-coding RNAs that suppress gene expression at the transcriptional, post-transcriptional or translational level by targeting the 3'-UTRs of specific mRNAs. miR-10a has been frequently reported to be aberrantly overexpressed in human tumors. In gastric cancer (GC), miR-10a has an important role in the metastasis from primary GC to lymph nodes. However, the role and relevant pathways of miR-10a in GC metastasis remain largely unknown. The present study was performed using 41 GC and 20 normal gastric mucosa tissues...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454201/-identical-variants-different-disease-course-genetics-of-chronic%C3%A2-pancreatitis
#9
Sebastian Beer, Joachim Mössner
Multiple genetic associations with chronic pancreatitis have been identified. In cases with hereditary pancreatitis family history is reported and mostly distinct causative variants in cationic trypsinogen (PRSS1) are identified. Furthermore, variants in other genes of proteases and anti-proteases of the digestive enzyme cascade (SPINK1, CTRC, CPA1), are also associated with chronic pancreatitis. Interestingly, penetrance of associated variants as well as the disease course are variable. As such environmental factors like smoking may play an important role...
May 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454198/-no-magic-bullet-genetic-diagnostics-and-predictive-testing
#10
Heiko Witt
The enormous increase in knowledge about the genetic basis of human diseases, combined with the rapid development of genetic techniques, has led to the possible use of genetic tests in medical diagnostics to a degree previously unknown. In addition, predictive genetic diagnostics has the aim of identifying hereditary disease risks in healthy individuals in order to take precautionary measures. However, the assessment of genetic findings is still subject to numerous problems. In particular, in the case of disease prediction, only probability statements can be made since endogenous and exogenous factors influence the penetrance and expressivity of genetically determined diseases...
May 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454190/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-epilobium-angustifolium-aqueous-extract-on-lncap-cell-proliferation-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models
#11
Jakub P Piwowarski, Barbara Bobrowska-Korczak, Iwona Stanisławska, Wojciech Bielecki, Robert Wrzesien, Sebastian Granica, Katarzyna Krupa, Anna K Kiss
Epilobium sp. are commonly used in traditional medicine in the treatment of early stages of benign prostatic hyperplasia and inflammation. It is suggested that a dominating constituent, oenothein B, is responsible for the extracts therapeutic effects. Several bioactivities were established for extracts and oenothein B in various in vitro models, but due to the questionable bioavailability of this dimeric macrocyclic ellagitannin, their significance in the in vivo effects remains unresolved. We have thus focused our attention on a complex comparative investigation of the in vitro and in vivo activities of phytochemically characterized Epilobium angustifolium aqueous extract and oenothein B on prostate cancer cells proliferation...
April 28, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454120/phosphodiesterase-3a-a-new-player-in-development-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-and-a-prospective-target-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-gist
#12
Pierre Vandenberghe, Perrine Hagué, Steven C Hockman, Vincent C Manganiello, Pieter Demetter, Christophe Erneux, Jean-Marie Vanderwinden
We previously identified phosphodiesterase 3A (PDE3A) as a marker for interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) in adult mouse gut. However, PDE3A expression and function during gut development and in ICC-derived gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) remained unknown. Here we found that PDE3A was expressed throughout ICC development and that ICC density was halved in PDE3A-deficient mice. In the human imatinib-sensitive GIST882 cell line, the PDE3 inhibitor cilostazol halved cell viability (IC50 0.35 μM) and this effect synergized with imatinib (Chou-Talalay's CI50 0...
April 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454106/different-patterns-of-age-related-central-olfactory-decline-in-men-and-women-as-quantified-by-olfactory-fmri
#13
Brittany Martinez, Prasanna Karunanayaka, Jianli Wang, Michael J Tobia, Megha Vasavada, Paul J Eslinger, Qing X Yang
Age-related olfactory decline, or presbyosmia, is a prevalent condition with potentially devastating consequences on both quality of life and safety. Despite clear evidence for this decline, it is unknown whether presbyosmia is sex-dependent and also whether it is due to central or peripheral olfactory system deterioration. Therefore, the goals of this study were to investigate the neurofunctional substrate of olfactory decline and examine its relationship to age and sex in thirty-seven (18 women, 19 men) healthy older participants using olfactory functional MRI (fMRI)...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454050/forensic-genetic-analyses-in-isolated-populations-with-examples-of-central-european-valachs-and-roma
#14
REVIEW
Edvard Ehler, Daniel Vanek
Isolated populations present a constant threat to the correctness of forensic genetic casework. In this review article we present several examples of how analyzing samples from isolated populations can bias the results of the forensic statistics and analyses. We select our examples from isolated populations from central and southeastern Europe, namely the Valachs and the European Roma. We also provide the reader with general strategies and principles to improve the laboratory practice (best practice) and reporting of samples from supposedly isolated populations...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454030/pesticide-impact-study-in-the-peri-urban-horticultural-area-of-gran-la-plata-argentina
#15
Tomás M Mac Loughlin, Leticia Peluso, Damián J G Marino
Vegetable production systems are characterized by intense pesticide use, yet the effects on the surrounding environment are largely unknown and need to be studied. Given this knowledge gap, the objective of this work is to determine the impact of horticulture on a representative watercourse by conducting an integrated study of the occurrence and concentration of pesticides in bottom sediments and their relation to lethal and sublethal effects on benthic fauna. Two sampling campaigns were conducted during seasons of low and high pesticide application in five sites along the Carnaval creek, located in the peri-urban area of La Plata City (Buenos Aires, Argentina)...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454021/reactive-mineral-removal-relative-to-soil-organic-matter-heterogeneity-and-implications-for-organic-contaminant-sorption
#16
Fangfang Li, Bo Pan, Ni Liang, Zhaofeng Chang, Yuwei Zhou, Lin Wang, Hao Li, Baoshan Xing
Soil organic matter (SOM) is generally treated as a static compartment of soil in pollutant fate studies. However, SOM might be altered or fractionated in soil systems, and the details of SOM property/composition changes when coupled with contaminant behavior are unknown. In this study, a mild acid treatment was adopted to remove reactive minerals and partially remove SOM components. After acid treatment, biomarker signatures showed that lignin-derived phenols were released and black carbon (as suggested by benzene-polycarboxylic acids) and lipids were enriched...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454012/spatial-clustering-of-childhood-leukaemia-with-the-integration-of-the-paediatric-environmental-history
#17
Alberto Cárceles-Álvarez, Juan A Ortega-García, Fernando A López-Hernández, Mayra Orozco-Llamas, Blanca Espinosa-López, Esther Tobarra-Sánchez, Lizbeth Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Leukaemia remains the most common type of paediatric cancer and its aetiology remains unknown, but considered to be multifactorial. It is suggested that the initiation in utero by relevant exposures and/or inherited genetic variants and, other promotional postnatal exposures are probably required to develop leukaemia. This study aimed to map the incidence and analyse possible clusters in the geographical distribution of childhood acute leukaemia during the critical periods and to evaluate the factors that may be involved in the aetiology by conducting community and individual risk assessments...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453905/transdiagnostic-neural-correlates-of-affective-face-processing-in-anxiety-and-depression
#18
Annmarie MacNamara, Heide Klumpp, Amy E Kennedy, Scott A Langenecker, K Luan Phan
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether there are neurobiologic differences between various anxiety and depressive disorders, or whether they are characterized by shared neurobiologic variation that cuts across diagnostic boundaries. For instance, multiple anxiety disorders and depression may be characterized by abnormalities in blood oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) response during the processing of affective scenes and faces. To interrogate the shared or unique nature of these aberrations, research that examines the influence of transdiagnostic, dimensional predictors across multiple diagnoses is needed...
April 28, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453904/genetics-and-other-factors-in-the-aetiology-of-female-pattern-hair-loss
#19
REVIEW
Silke Redler, Andrew G Messenger, Regina C Betz
Pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in both women and men. Male pattern hair loss, also termed male androgenetic alopecia (M-AGA), is an androgen-dependent trait that is predominantly genetically determined. Androgen-mediated mechanisms are probably involved in FPHL in some women but the evidence is less strong than in M-AGA; and other non-androgenic pathways, including environmental influences, may contribute to the aetiology. Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified several genetic loci for M-AGA and have provided better insight into the underlying biology...
April 28, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453857/fbxl19-recruitment-to-cpg-islands-is-required-for-rnf20-mediated-h2b-mono-ubiquitination
#20
Bum-Kyu Lee, Jiwoon Lee, Wenwen Shen, Catherine Rhee, Haewon Chung, Jonghwan Kim
Histone H2B lysine 120 mono-ubiquitination (H2Bub1) catalyzed by Rnf20 has been implicated in normal differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) and adult stem cells. However, it remains unknown how Rnf20 is recruited to its specific target chromosomal loci for the establishment of H2Bub1. Here, we reveal that Fbxl19, a CxxC domain-containing protein, promotes H2Bub1 at the promoters of CpG island-containing genes by interacting with Rnf20. We show that up-regulation of Fbxl19 increases the level of global H2Bub1 in mouse ES cells, while down-regulation of Fbxl19 reduces the level of H2Bub1...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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