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Xing Liu, Xiaolian Cai, Bo Hu, Zhichao Mei, Dawei Zhang, Gang Ouyang, Jing Wang, Wei Zhang, Wuhan Xiao
FOXO3a, a member of the forkhead homeobox type O (FOXO) family of transcriptional factors, regulates cell survival in response to DNA damage, caloric restriction, and oxidative stress. The von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene encodes a component of the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that mediates hypoxia-inducible factor-α (HIF-α) degradation under aerobic conditions, thus acting as one of the key regulators of hypoxia signaling. However, whether FOXO3a impacts cellular hypoxia stress remains unknown...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Kaiyu Qian, Gang Wang, Rui Cao, Tao Liu, Guofeng Qian, Xinyuan Guan, Zhongqiang Guo, Yu Xiao, Xinghuan Wang
Capsaicin (CAP), a highly selective agonist for transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1), has been widely reported to exhibit anti-oxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer activities. Currently, several therapeutic approaches for bladder cancer (BCa) are available, but accompanied by unfavorable outcomes. Previous studies reported a potential clinical effect of CAP to prevent BCa tumorigenesis. However, its underlying molecular mechanism still remains unknown. Our transcriptome analysis suggested a close link among calcium signaling pathway, cell cycle regulation, ROS metabolism and FOXO signaling pathway in BCa...
October 21, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Rifang Liao, Fengxia Yan, Zhuanping Zeng, Mohd Farhan, Peter Little, Remi Quirion, Lalit K Srivastava, Wenhua Zheng
Amiodarone (AM) is the most effective antiarrhythmic agent currently available. However, clinical application of AM is limited by its serious toxic adverse effects including optic neuropathy. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of AM and to assess if insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) could protect retinal neuronal cells from AM-induced apoptosis, and to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects. Accordingly, the phosphorylation/activation of Akt and FoxO3a were analyzed by Western blot while the possible pathways involved in the protection of IGF-1 were investigated by application of various pathway inhibitors...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Yonghui Yu, Xiao Li, Lingying Liu, Jiake Chai, Zhang Haijun, Wanli Chu, Huinan Yin, Li Ma, Hongjie Duan, Mengjing Xiao
Skeletal muscle atrophy is a common clinical feature among patients with severe burns. Previous studies have shown that miRNAs play critical roles in the regulation of stress-induced skeletal muscle atrophy. Our previous study showed that burn-induced skeletal muscle atrophy is mediated by miR-628. In this study, compared with sham rats, rats subjected to burn injury exhibited skeletal muscle atrophy, as well as significantly decreased insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) protein expression and significantly increased skeletal muscle cell apoptosis...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Lelin Hu, Hao Wang, Li Huang, Yong Zhao, Junjie Wang
Autophagy induced by radiation is critical to cell fate decision. Evidence now sheds light on the importance of autophagy induced by cancer radiotherapy. Traditional view considers radiation can directly or indirectly damage DNA which can activate DNA damage the repair signaling pathway, a large number of proteins participating in DNA damage repair signaling pathway such as p53, ATM, PARP1, FOXO3a, mTOR and SIRT1 involved in autophagy regulation. However, emerging recent evidence suggests radiation can also cause injury to extranuclear targets such as plasma membrane, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and induce accumulation of ceramide, ROS, and Ca2+ concentration which activate many signaling pathways to modulate autophagy...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Sougat Misra, Arun Kumar Selvam, Marita Wallenberg, Aditya Ambati, András Matolcsy, Isabelle Magalhaes, Gilbert Lauter, Mikael Björnstedt
Selective targeting of the PML/RARα oncoprotein demonstrates a successful molecular targeted therapy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) with a typical t(15:17) chromosomal translocation. The zinc-thiolate coordination is critical for structural stability of zinc finger proteins, including the PML moiety of PML/RARα. Based on the known interaction of redox-active selenium compounds with thiolate ligands of zinc, we herein have investigated the abrogatory effects of selenite alone or in combination with all-trans retinoic acid on PML/RARα and the possible effects on differentiation in these cells...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Chao Song, Wei Peng, Songna Yin, Jiamin Zhao, Beibei Fu, Jingcheng Zhang, Tingchao Mao, Haibo Wu, Yong Zhang
Increasing evidence shows that melatonin protected against age-related mitochondrial oxidative damage. However, the protective effects of melatonin against ovarian aging has not been explored. Young Kunming females (aged 2-3 months) were fed with melatonin added to drinking water for 6 or 12 months (mo). We found that long-term (12 mo) melatonin treatment significantly reduced ovarian aging, as indicated by substantial increases in litter size, pool of follicles, and telomere length as well as oocyte quantity and quality...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Benhong Zhou, Jing Wang, Guohua Zheng, Zhenpeng Qiu
Urolithins are bioactive ellagic acid-derived metabolites produced by human colonic microflora. Although previous studies have demonstrated the cytotoxicity of urolithins, the effect of urolithins on miRNAs is still unclear. In this study, the suppressing effects of methylated urolithin A (mUA) on cell viability in human prostate cancer DU145 cells was investigated. mUA induced caspase-dependent cell apoptosis, mitochondrial depolarization and down-regulation of Bcl-2/Bax ratio. The results showed that upon exposure to mUA, miR-21 expression was decreased and the expression of PTEN and Pdcd4 protein was elevated...
October 8, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
John D Murdoch, Christine M Rostosky, Sindhuja Gowrisankaran, Amandeep S Arora, Sandra-Fausia Soukup, Ramon Vidal, Vincenzo Capece, Siona Freytag, Andre Fischer, Patrik Verstreken, Stefan Bonn, Nuno Raimundo, Ira Milosevic
Endophilin-A, a well-characterized endocytic adaptor essential for synaptic vesicle recycling, has recently been linked to neurodegeneration. We report here that endophilin-A deficiency results in impaired movement, age-dependent ataxia, and neurodegeneration in mice. Transcriptional analysis of endophilin-A mutant mice, complemented by proteomics, highlighted ataxia- and protein-homeostasis-related genes and revealed upregulation of the E3-ubiquitin ligase FBXO32/atrogin-1 and its transcription factor FOXO3A...
October 5, 2016: Cell Reports
Xiqiang Liu, Gaojian Luo, Jingbo Jiang, Tonghui Ma, Xiaozhu Lin, Liping Jiang, Jilin Cheng, Ran Tao
: Terlipressin has been used extensively in the management of certain complications associated with end-stage liver diseases (ESLDs). In our pilot study, terlipressin treatment showed beneficial effects on liver function in patients with decompensated cirrhosis, however whether it plays a role in liver ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) remains unknown. Using a mouse nonlethal hepatic IR model, we found terlipressin administration significantly ameliorated IR-induced liver apoptosis, necrosis and inflammation...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Aladdin H Shadyab, Charles Kooperberg, Alexander P Reiner, Sonia Jain, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Caroline A Macera, Richard A Shaffer, Linda C Gallo, Andrea Z LaCroix
BACKGROUND: No study has evaluated whether genetic factors are associated with longevity in African Americans or Hispanics, and it is unclear whether genetic factors are associated with healthy aging. METHODS: In this prospective study, we determined whether 14 genetic variants previously associated with longevity in genome-wide association studies were associated with survival to ages 85 and 90 in 11,053 postmenopausal white, African American, and Hispanic women from the Women's Health Initiative...
October 5, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Guoke Liu, Xiaoyu Fan, Min Tang, Rui Chen, Hao Wang, Rongjie Jia, Xuyu Zhou, Wei Jing, Huajing Wang, Yang Yang, Fan Yin, Huafeng Wei, Bohua Li, Jian Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major health burden worldwide for its high incidence and mortality. Osteopontin (OPN) is a chemokine-like, matricellular phosphoglycoprotein whose expression is elevated in various types of cancer including HCC. OPN has been shown to be involved in tumorigenesis, chemo-resistance, metastasis and sustaining stem-like properties of cancer cells. Autophagy is a cellular process by which cytoplasmic components are degraded and recycled for maintaining cellular homeostasis. There is increasing evidence supports that autophagy plays a critical role for stem-like properties and chemo-resistance of cancer cells...
October 1, 2016: Cancer Letters
Kenjiro Imada, Masaki Shiota, Kentaro Kuroiwa, Masaaki Sugimoto, Tatsuro Abe, Kenichi Kohashi, Akira Yokomizo, Masatoshi Eto, Seiji Naito, Yoshinao Oda
BACKGROUND: FOXO3a is a member of the forkhead O transcription factors. FOXO3a induces the factors that contribute to cell cycle arrest and is considered a tumor suppressor in several malignant tumors. Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) is a multifunctional protein whose high expression is correlated with poor prognoses in various malignant tumors. In the current study, we investigated the relationship between FOXO3a and YB-1 to validate their functional roles in prostate cancer. METHODS: Western blotting and cytotoxicity assays were conducted in prostate cancer cells, LNCaP, and 22Rv1 cells...
October 4, 2016: Prostate
Antoine Heni Chaanine, Erik Kohlbrenner, Scott I Gamb, Adam J Guenzel, Katherine A Klaus, Ahmed U Fayyaz, K Sreekumaran Nair, Roger J Hajjar, Margaret M Redfield
The Forkhead box O3a (FOXO3a) transcription factor has been shown to regulate glucose metabolism, muscle atrophy and cell death in post-mitotic cells. Its role in regulating mitochondrial and myocardial function is not well studied. Based on previous work, we hypothesized that FOXO3a, through BNIP3, modulates mitochondrial morphology and function in HF. We modulated the FOXO3a-BNIP3 pathway in normal and phenylephrine (PE) stressed adult cardiac myocytes (ACM) in vitro and developed a cardiotropic adeno-associated virus serotype 9 encoding dominant-negative FOXO3a (AAV9...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
L Marzi, E Combes, N Vié, A Ayrolles-Torro, D Tosi, D Desigaud, E Perez-Gracia, C Larbouret, C Montagut, M Iglesias, M Jarlier, V Denis, L K Linares, E W-F Lam, P Martineau, M Del Rio, C Gongora
BACKGROUND: Cetuximab, a monoclonal antibody against EGFR used for the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC), is ineffective in many patients. The aim of this study was to identify the signalling pathways activated by cetuximab in CRC cells and define new biomarker of response. METHODS: We used in vitro, in vivo models and clinical CRC samples to assess the role of p38 and FOXO3a in cetuximab mechanism of action. RESULTS: We show that cetuximab activates the MAPK p38...
September 29, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Ke Xu, Hua Pei, Zhenhao Zhang, Sufang Dong, Rui-Jia Fu, Wen-Ming Wang, Huamin Wang
The role of FoxO3a in glioma progression is poorly defined. Herein, we show that silencing FoxO3a in U251 cells leads to decreased invasive migration and proliferation, while ectopic expression of FoxO3a in U87 cells with weak endogenous FoxO3a protein levels enhances invasion and proliferation. To further investigate the mechanism by which FoxO3a promotes invasion, we detected key members of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that are associated with invasion. Our findings showed that, among these MMP members, only FoxO3a induced MMP9 expression, and MMP9 overexpression reversed the effect that silencing FoxO3a had on the attenuation of cell invasion...
September 12, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yuan Feng, Jihong Zhou, Zhanhua Li, Ying Jiang, Ying Zhou
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) selectively targets cancer cells. The present preclinical study investigated the anti-cancer efficiency of ONC201, a first-in-class small molecule TRAIL inducer, in lung cancer cells. We showed that ONC201 was cytotoxic and anti-proliferative in both established (A549 and H460 lines) and primary human lung cancer cells. It was yet non-cytotoxic to normal lung epithelial cells. Further, ONC201 induced exogenous apoptosis activation in lung cancer cells, which was evidenced by TRAIL/death receptor-5 (DR5) induction and caspase-8 activation...
2016: PloS One
Noriyuki Fuku, Roberto Díaz-Peña, Yasumichi Arai, Yukiko Abe, Helios Pareja-Galeano, Fabián Sanchis-Gomar, Alejandro Santos-Lozano, Hirofumi Zempo, Hisashi Naito, Haruka Murakami, Motohiko Miyachi, Letizia Venturini, Giovanni Ricevuti, Hirose Nobuyoshi, Enzo Emanuele, Alejandro Lucia
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have indicated that the rs2802292 polymorphism in the human forkhead box O3A (FOXO3A) gene might be associated with exceptional longevity (EL, i.e., living 100+ years), although the results are conflicting. STUDY DESIGN AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Using a case-control design, we investigated the distribution of the rs2802292 polymorphism in two ethnically distinct cohorts of centenarians (cases) and younger adults (controls). The first cohort included Japanese individuals (733 centenarians and 820 controls) and the second was from Northern Italy (79 disease-free centenarians and 316 controls)...
October 2016: Maturitas
Hung-Chen Chen, Pei-Yi Chen, Ming-Jiuan Wu, Mi-Hsueh Tai, Jui-Hung Yen
Tanshinone IIA, one of the most pharmacologically bioactive phytochemicals isolated from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, possesses several biological activities such as anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, neuroprotection and hypolipidemic activities. In this study, we aim to investigate the hypocholesterolemic effect of tanshinone IIA in hepatic cells. We demonstrated that tanshinone IIA significantly increased the amount of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and LDL uptake activity in HepG2 cells at the post-transcriptional regulation...
2016: PloS One
Loreto Boix, Juan Manuel López-Oliva, Ana Carolina Rhodes, Jordi Bruix
miR122 is the prevalent miRNA in adult healthy liver and it is responsible for liver stem cell differentiation towards hepatocyte lineage. Its expression is frequently lost in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We studied the effects of restoring miR122 expression in a distinctive cell line derived from human HCC-BCLC9 cells-with a solid stem-like cell profile, high tumor initiating ability and undetectable miR122 expression. We generated a stable BCLC9 cell line that expresses miR122 (BCLC9-miR122). Restitution of miR122 in BCLC9 cells, decreases cell proliferation rate and reduces significantly tumor size in vivo...
September 7, 2016: Oncotarget
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