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Edgar Teddy Quispe-Soto, Gloria M Calaf
Global cancer burden increased to 14.1 million new cases in 2012; and breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. Curcumin is the major bioactive ingredient extracted from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa (turmeric). Paclitaxel is a microtubule-stabilizing agent originally isolated from the bark of Taxus brevifolia. Curcumin and paclitaxel were evaluated with two human breast cancer cell lines as the luminal MCF-7 and the basal-like MDA-MB-231 that are either positive or negative for hormonal receptors estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER2, respectively...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Jack H Crawford, Matthew S Hull, Santiago Borasino, Brad L Steenwyk, Kristal M Hock, Kevin Wall, Jeffrey A Alten
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may lead to adrenal insufficiency (AI). Emerging evidence supports association of AI with morbidity after cardiac surgery. AIMS: The aim of this study was to define AI incidence in neonates undergoing complex cardiac surgery with CPB and its association with intraoperative post-CPB outcomes. METHODS: Forty subjects enrolled in a prior randomized control trial who received preoperative methylprednisolone as part of our institutional neonatal bypass protocol were included...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Sarah K Tasian, David T Teachey, Yong Li, Feng Shen, Richard C Harvey, I-Ming Chen, Theresa Ryan, Tiffaney L Vincent, Cheryl L Willman, Alexander E Perl, Stephen P Hunger, Mignon L Loh, Martin Carroll, Stephan A Grupp
Philadelphia chromosome-like B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (BCR-ABL1-like or Ph-like ALL) is associated with activated JAK/STAT, SRC/ABL, and/or PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling and poor clinical outcomes. Inhibitors of PI3K pathway signaling (PI3Ki) have been minimally investigated in Ph-like ALL to date. We hypothesized that targeted inhibition of PI3Kα, PI3Kδ, PI3K/mTOR, or TORC1/TORC2 would decrease leukemia proliferation and abrogate aberrant kinase signaling. We further hypothesized that combined PI3K pathway and JAK inhibition or PI3K pathway and SRC/ABL inhibition would have superior efficacy compared to inhibitor monotherapy...
October 24, 2016: Blood
Yanzhao Chen, Baihai Jiao, Min Yao, Xuezhen Shi, Zhebin Zheng, Shilin Li, Limin Chen
Interferon stimulated (sensitive) genes (ISGs) are the effector molecules downstream of type I/III interferon (IFN) signaling pathways in host innate immunity. ISG12a can be induced by IFN-α. Although ISG12a has been reported to inhibit the replication of HCV, the exact mechanism remains to be determined. In this study, we investigated the possible mechanisms of ISG12a anti- HCV property by exploring the production of type I IFN and the activation of Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription (Jak/STAT) signaling pathway, apoptosis and autophagy in Huh7...
October 21, 2016: Virus Research
Shizhong Ke, Shuzhen Chen, Zihui Dong, Christopher S Hong, Qi Zhang, Liang Tang, Pinghua Yang, Jian Zhai, Hexin Yan, Feng Shen, Zhengping Zhuang, Wen Wen, Hongyang Wang
: Erythrocytosis is a common paraneoplastic syndrome associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although increased erythropoietin (EPO) is found in these patients, the clinical significance and molecular mechanisms underlying this observation are unclear. Here we demonstrated an inverse relationship between EPO production and overall prognosis in our cohort of 664 patients as well as in data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). In the subset of HCC patients with erythrocytosis, we identified somatic mutations of mitochondrial DNA, resulting impairment of respiratory metabolism, which sequentially led to depletion of α-ketoglutarate, stabilization of hypoxia inducible factor-α and expression of target genes such as EPO...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Francis Vallières, Denis Girard D
The interleukin (IL)-21/IL-21 receptor (R) is a promising system to be exploited for the development of therapeutic strategies. Although the biological activities of IL-21 and its cell signaling events have been largely studied in immunocytes, its interaction with human monocytes and macrophages have been neglected. Previously, we reported that IL-21 enhances FcRγ-mediated phagocytosis in human monocytes and in human monocyte-derived macrophages (HMDM) and identified Syk as a novel molecular target of IL-21...
October 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Ma Ke, Xi Chen, Jia-Cheng Chen, Ying Wang, Xi-Meng Zhang, Fan Huang, Jun-Jiong Zheng, Xiong Chen, Wei Yu, Ke-Ling Cheng, Yan-Qing Feng, Huai-Yu Gu
Rifampicin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, has neuroprotective, immunosuppressive, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the effect of rifampicin on autoimmune disorders of the nervous system is not clear. In this study, we investigated whether rifampicin was beneficial for myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein peptide (MOG33-35 )-induced female C57BL/6 experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mice, the well-established animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Rifampicin treatment (daily from the first day after EAE immunization) remarkably attenuated clinical signs and loss of body weight, which are associated with suppression of inflammatory infiltration and demyelination in spinal cords of EAE mice...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Xuewu Liang, Jie Zang, Mengyuan Zhu, Qianwen Gao, Binghe Wang, Wenfang Xu, Yingjie Zhang
Abnormalities in the JAK/STAT signaling pathway lead to many diseases such as immunodeficiency, inflammation, and cancer. Herein, we designed and synthesized a series of 4-amino-(1H)-pyrazole derivatives as potent JAKs inhibitors for cancer treatment. Results from in vitro protein kinase inhibition experiments indicated that compounds 3a-f and 11b are potent JAKs inhibitors. For example, the IC50 values of compound 3f against JAK1, JAK2, and JAK3 were 3.4, 2.2, and 3.5 nM, respectively. In cell culture experiments, compound 3f showed potent antiproliferative activity against various cell lines (PC-3, HEL, K562, MCF-7, and MOLT4) at low micromolar levels, while compound 11b showed selective cytotoxicity at submicromolar levels against HEL (IC50: 0...
October 13, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
A Komech, E Kopylova
We consider the Schrödinger-Poisson-Newton equations for crystals with one ion per cell. We linearize this dynamics at the periodic minimizers of energy per cell and introduce a novel class of the ion charge densities that ensures the stability of the linearized dynamics. Our main result is the energy positivity for the Bloch generators of the linearized dynamics under a Wiener-type condition on the ion charge density. We also adopt an additional 'Jellium' condition which cancels the negative contribution caused by the electrostatic instability and provides the 'Jellium' periodic minimizers and the optimality of the lattice: the energy per cell of the periodic minimizer attains the global minimum among all possible lattices...
2016: Journal of Statistical Physics
Joshua D Milner
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February 2016: Pathology
Etienne Wang, Sivan Harel, Angela M Christiano
Legrand et al show that JAK/STAT5 signaling in the dermal papilla is required for anagen onset in the murine hair cycle. Interestingly, others have shown that JAK-inhibition is able to induce telogen-to-anagen transition in wild-type mice. This apparent contradiction highlights the complexity of interactions within the hair follicle, and encourages further discussion on the role of JAK-STAT signaling in the various stem cell niches of the hair follicle.
November 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Upasana Shokal, Ioannis Eleftherianos
Despite important progress in identifying the molecules that participate in the immune response of Drosophila melanogaster to microbial infections, the involvement of thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) in the antibacterial immunity of the fly is not fully clarified. Previous studies mostly focused on identifying the function of TEP2, TEP3 and TEP6 molecules in the D. melanogaster immune system. Here, we investigated the role of TEP4 in the regulation and function of D. melanogaster host defense against 2 virulent pathogens from the genus Photorhabdus, i...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Innate Immunity
Yuekun Lang, Jamie Henningson, Dane Jasperson, Yonghai Li, Jinhwa Lee, Jingjiao Ma, Yuhao Li, Nan Cao, Haixia Liu, William Wilson, Juergen Richt, Mark Ruder, Scott McVey, Wenjun Ma
Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), a Category A pathogen and select agent, is the causative agent of Rift Valley fever. To date, no fully licensed vaccine is available in the U.S. for human or animal use and effective antiviral drugs have not been identified. The RVFV MP12 strain is conditionally licensed for use for veterinary purposes in the U.S. which was excluded from the select agent rule of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The MP12 vaccine strain is commonly used in BSL-2 laboratories that is generally not virulent in mice...
November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Brenden Van Wyk, Marlene Snider, Erin Scruten, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, Scott Napper
As a part of their pathogenic mechanism, many pathogens causing persistent infections, including bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), immunosuppress their hosts, often by limiting the ability to either produce, or respond to, interferon. The objective of this study was to quantify the extent to which an acute infection of cattle with a non-cytopathic strain of BVDV induces interferon responses and to establish the functionality of these responses. Functionality of responses was investigated using a bovine specific peptide array to monitor kinase-mediated signal transduction activity within peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) at time points corresponding to the interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and alpha (IFN-α) responsive phases of acute BVDV infection...
November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Fadia J A Gujam, Donald C McMillan, Joanne Edwards
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between tumour cell expression of total and phosphorylated STAT1 (ph-STAT1) and STAT3 (ph-STAT-3), components of tumour microenvironment and survival in patients with invasive ductal breast cancer.Immunohistochemical analysis of total and ph-STAT1, and STAT3 were performed on tissue microarray of 384 breast cancer specimens. Tumour cell expression of STAT1 and STAT3 at both cytoplasmic and nuclear locations were combined and identified as STAT1/STAT3 tumour cell expression...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Izabela Jatczak-Pawlik, Michal Gorzkiewicz, Maciej Studzian, Dietmar Appelhans, Brigitte Voit, Lukasz Pulaski, Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz
PURPOSE: Fourth-generation poly(propylene imine) dendrimers fully surface-modified by maltose (dense shell, PPI-m DS) were shown to be biocompatible in cellular models, which is important for their application in drug delivery. We decided to verify also their inherent bioactivity, including immunomodulatory activity, for potential clinical applications. We tested their effects on the THP-1 monocytic cell line model of innate immunity effectors. METHODS: To estimate the cytotoxicity of dendrimers the reasazurin assay was performed...
October 20, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Bernice M Benoit, Neha Jariwala, Geraldine O'Connor, Landon K Oetjen, Timothy M Whelan, Adrienne Werth, Andrea B Troxel, Hélène Sicard, Lisa Zhu, Christopher Miller, Junko Takeshita, Daniel W McVicar, Brian S Kim, Alain H Rook, Maria Wysocka
Sézary syndrome (SS), a leukemic variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), is associated with a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to skin-restricted mycosis fungoides. Early diagnosis of SS is, therefore, key to achieving enhanced therapeutic responses. However, the lack of a biomarker(s) highly specific for malignant CD4(+) T cells in SS patients has been a serious obstacle in making an early diagnosis. We recently demonstrated the high expression of CD164 on CD4(+) T cells from Sézary syndrome patients with a wide range of circulating tumor burdens...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Nirbhay N Singh, Giulio E Lancioni, Bryan T Karazsia, Jeffrey Chan, Alan S W Winton
Caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often end up having their medical and psychological well-being compromised due to the stressful nature of caregiving, especially when those in their care engage in aggressive behavior. In this study, we provided caregivers with mindfulness-based training to enable them to better manage their psychological well-being and, through this, to also enhance specific indices of quality of life of the individuals in their care. Thus, the aim of the present study was to evaluate in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) the comparative effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Positive Behavior Support (MBPBS) and Training-as-Usual (TAU) for caregivers in a congregate care facility for individuals with severe and profound IDD...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Dagmar Hildebrand, Katharina F Kubatzky
Flow cytometric techniques allow fast, sensitive, and multiparametric analyses at the single cell level. This makes it possible to distinguish subsets of cells within heterogeneous samples. Moreover, flow cytometry has become a frequently used method for the evaluation of therapeutic effects. Here, we describe the analysis of the phosphorylation status of signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT-1) in primary mouse cells after treatment with histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) that are currently considered anticancer agents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Levi Todd, Natalie Squires, Lilianna Suarez, Andy J Fischer
Müller glia are capable of de-differentiating and proliferating to become Müller glia-derived progenitor cells (MGPCs) with the ability to regenerate retinal neurons. One of the cell-signaling pathways that drives the reprogramming of Müller glia into MGPCs in the zebrafish retina is the Jak/Stat-pathway. However, nothing is known about the influence of Jak/Stat-signaling during the formation of MGPCs in the retinas of warm-blooded vertebrates. Accordingly, we examined whether Jak/Stat-signaling influences the formation of MGPCs and differentiation of progeny in the avian retina...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
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