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Tissue protein interactions

Bo Tao, Jiaoyu Yi, Changzhao Huang, Wang Xu, Chao Qin, Lei Chen, Jincai Chen, Yan Gao, Ruiying Wang
The aberrant proliferation of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells has been reported to be implicated in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Previous studies have demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs), which are a group of small noncoding RNAs, are critical regulators of cell proliferation in various pathologies. However, the role of miRNA‑96 (miR‑96) in the proliferation of NP cells remains to be determined. In the present study, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction was used to investigate the expression of miR‑96 in NP tissues from patients with IDD and healthy tissues from patients with traumatic lumbar fracture as the control...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Juerong Feng, Qian Gao, Qing Liu, Fan Wang, Xue Lin, Qiu Zhao, Jing Liu, Jin Li
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is associated with both genetic and environmental factors; however, the underlying pathogenesis of UC remains unclear. The present study aimed to further explore 12 microarray datasets from patients with UC obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus repository, for potential genetic pathogenesis of UC through a global bioinformatics view, which included identification of differentially expressed genes (DEGs), functional enrichments, protein‑protein interactions, transcriptional and post‑transcriptional regulation and drug‑gene associations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yuezhi He, Kai Liu, Corinna Au, Qiushuo Sun, Edward P J Parrott, Emma Pickwell-MacPherson
A key step to transform terahertz imaging to a practical medical imaging modality lies in the understanding the interactions between terahertz (THz) waves and biological tissues. Most of the models in the literature use the permittivity of liquid water to simulate the THz-tissue interactions but they often neglect the contributions from biological background such as proteins and lipids as dehydrated biological samples are experimentally difficult to prepare. In this work, we present a method to prepare thin and flat dehydrated samples which can be easily handled and measured in a transmission setup...
September 25, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Christina M Wilke, Julia Hess, Sergiy V Klymenko, Vadim V Chumak, Liubov M Zakhartseva, Elena V Bakhanova, Annette Feuchtinger, Axel K Walch, Martin Selmansberger, Herbert Braselmann, Ludmila Schneider, Adriana Pitea, Julia Steinhilber, Falko Fend, Hans C Bösmüller, Horst Zitzelsberger, Kristian Unger
Ionising radiation is a well-recognised risk factor for the development of breast cancer, however, it is unknown whether radiation-specific molecular oncogenic mechanisms exist. We investigated post-Chernobyl breast cancers from radiation-exposed female clean-up workers and non-exposed controls for molecular changes. Radiation-associated alterations identified in the discovery cohort (n=38) were subsequently validated in a second cohort (n=39). Increased expression of hsa-miR-26b-5p was associated with radiation exposure in both of the cohorts...
September 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Su Li, Hua Li, Ying Xu, Xiaomei Lv
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is a common cancer in women worldwide. The present study assessed effective biomarkers for the prognosis of EOC metastasis. The GSE30587 dataset, containing 9 EOC primary tumor samples and 9 matched omental metastasis samples, was analyzed. Following normalization, the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between these samples were identified using the limma package for R. Subsequently, pathway enrichment analysis was performed using ClueGO, and a protein-protein interaction (PPI) network was constructed using the Search Tool for the Retrieval of Interacting Genes database...
October 2017: Oncology Letters
Yuyan Xiong, Gautham Yepuri, Jean-Pierre Montani, Xiu-Fen Ming, Zhihong Yang
The mitochondrial arginase type II (Arg-II) has been shown to interact with ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) and mitochondrial p66(Shc) and to promote cell senescence, apoptosis and inflammation under pathological conditions. However, the impact of Arg-II on organismal lifespan is not known. In this study, we demonstrate a significant lifespan extension in mice with Arg-II gene deficiency (Arg-II(-/-)) as compared to wild type (WT) control animals. This effect is more pronounced in the females than in the males...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Ya Jie Guo, Yu Jie Zhou, Xiao Li Yang, Zhi Min Shao, Zhou Luo Ou
BACKGROUND: Chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 17 (CXCL17) is the latest member of the chemokine family. However, its function in various cancer types is unknown. The G protein-coupled receptor 35 (GPR35) was identified as the receptor of CXCL17 and named recently as CXCR8. The function of the CXCL17-CXCR8 (GPR35) biological axis in cancer has not been reported. METHODS: The expression of CXCL17 and CXCR8 (GPR35) in breast cancer cell lines and a tissue microarray (TMA) was detected through western blot and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
September 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yao-Jun Zhou, Hong-Qiong Yang, Wei Xia, Li Cui, Ren-Fang Xu, Hao Lu, Zhong Xue, Bo Zhang, Zi-Nong Tian, Yun-Jie Cao, Zhao-Yu Xing, Shuai Yin, Xiao-Zhou He
AIMS: MicroRNA served as inhibitor for gene expression in various cancers. This study aimed to investigate the role of miR-605 and EN2 in prostate cancer (PCa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this research, the expression of miR-605 and EN2 protein in PCa tissues and cells were determined by qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively. The cell proliferation was measured by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) and the tumor cell invasion assay was accomplished with transwell system...
September 21, 2017: Life Sciences
Shengnan Wu, Qiulun Lu, Qilong Wang, Ye Ding, Zejun Ma, Xiaoxiang Mao, Kai Huang, Zhonglin Xie, Ming-Hui Zou
Background -FUN14 domain containing 1 (FUNDC1) is a highly conserved outer mitochondrial membrane protein. The aim of this study is to examine if FUNDC1 modulates the mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes (MAMs), mitochondrial morphology, and function in cardiomyocytes and in intact hearts. Methods -The impacts of FUNDC1 on MAMs formation and cardiac functions were studied in mouse neonatal cardiomyocytes, in mice with cardiomyocyte-specific Fundc1 gene knockout (Fundc1(f/Y)/Cre(αMyHC+/-) ), and in the cardiac tissues of the patients with heart failure...
September 23, 2017: Circulation
S Pisamai, A Rungsipipat, N Kunnasut, G Suriyaphol
Feline mammary carcinoma (FMC) is a common cancer with high metastatic potential and high mortality rate. Loss of cell-cell interactions and degradation of the extracellular matrix by proteinases enhances tumour invasion and metastasis. Peripheral neoplastic foci (PNF) are defined as the presence of discrete tumour cell clusters, splitting off from central neoplastic foci (CNF) and lodging around these CNF. PNF therefore locate at the tumour-host interface at the site of invasion. The aim of this study was to evaluate immunohistochemically the expression of cell adhesion molecules (e-cadherin [CDH-1], syndecan 1 [SDC-1] and nectin-2), matrix metalloproteinases (matrix metalloproteinase [MMP]-2, MMP-7 and MMP-9) and their tissue inhibitors (tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase [TIMP]-1 and TIMP-2) together with the cellular proliferation marker, Ki67, in CNF and PNF of FMCs of different clinical stages and histological grades...
August 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Ming-Xing Zhou, Guo-Hui Li, Bin Sun, You-Wei Xu, Ai-Ling Li, Yan-Ru Li, Dong-Mei Ren, Xiao-Ning Wang, Xue-Sen Wen, Hong-Xiang Lou, Tao Shen
Human lung tissue, directly exposed to the environmental oxidants and toxicants, is apt to be harmed to bring about acute or chronic oxidative insults. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) represents a central cellular defense mechanism, and is a target for developing agents against oxidative insult-induced human lung diseases. Our previous study found that the EtOH extract of Cinnamomum chartophyllum protected human bronchial epithelial cells against oxidative insults via Nrf2 activation...
September 14, 2017: Redox Biology
Zhongwang Zhang, Li Pan, Yaozhong Ding, Jianliang Lv, Peng Zhou, Yuzhen Fang, Xinsheng Liu, Yongguang Zhang, Yonglu Wang
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a picornavirus that causes an economically significant disease in cattle and swine. Replication of FMDV is dependent on both viral proteins and cellular factors. Nonstructural protein 2B of FMDV plays multiple roles during viral infection and replication. We investigated the roles of 2B in virus-host interactions by constructing a cDNA library obtained from FMDV-infected swine tissues, and used a split-ubiquitin-based yeast two-hybrid system to identify host proteins that interacted with 2B...
September 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
Natalia S Fagali, Claudia A Grillo, Susana Puntarulo, Mónica A Fernández Lorenzo de Mele
The interactions that could be built between the biomaterials and tissue- microenvironments are very complex, especially in case of degradable metals that generate a broad variety of degradation products. The interfacial problems are particularly relevant for Fe-based materials that have been proposed for the development of biodegradable implants. The cell metabolism could be affected by the accumulation of insoluble Fe-containing degradation products that has been observed in vitro and in vivo as a coarse granular brownish material around the implant...
September 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Anandrao Ashok Patil, Tsuneyuki Tatsuke, Hiroaki Mon, Jae Man Lee, Daisuke Morokuma, Masato Hino, Takahiro Kusakabe
Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNAs that associate with PIWI subfamily proteins, which play an important role in transposon silencing in animal germ cell. The piRNAs biogenesis is divided into two major pathways: primary and secondary, and both pathways are independent of double-stranded RNA-processing enzyme Dicer, which processes the single-stranded RNA transcripts in microRNA (miRNA) and siRNA (small interfering RNA) pathway. Primary piRNAs are processed from long non-coding RNA precursors transcribed from piRNA clusters...
September 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
I Brocos-Mosquera, A Nuñez Del Moral, B Morentin, J Javier Meana, Luis F Callado, Amaia M Erdozain
Spinophilin is a multifunctional scaffold protein that regulates the formation and function of dendritic spines and plays a role in neuronal migration. The distinct roles of spinophilin depend on its localization and the direct interaction with other proteins, which may target spinophilin to specific locations within the cell. Several studies suggest a role of spinophilin in the pathophysiology of neurological or psychiatric diseases. However, the majority have been performed in animals or cultured cells. Thus, the aim of the present study was to characterise the regional and subcellular expression of spinophilin immunoreactivity by western blot in postmortem human brain...
September 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Janusz J Jadasz, Lena Tepe, Felix Beyer, Iria Samper Agrelo, Rainer Akkermann, Lucas-Sebastian Spitzhorn, Maria Elena Silva, Richard O C Oreffo, Hans-Peter Hartung, Alessandro Prigione, Francisco J Rivera, James Adjaye, Patrick Küry
The generation of new oligodendrocytes is essential for adult brain repair in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. We previously identified the multifunctional p57kip2 protein as a negative regulator of myelinating glial cell differentiation and as an intrinsic switch of glial fate decision in adult neural stem cells (aNSCs). In oligodendroglial precursor cells (OPCs), p57kip2 protein nuclear exclusion was recently found to be rate limiting for differentiation to proceed. Furthermore, stimulation with mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-derived factors enhanced oligodendrogenesis by yet unknown mechanisms...
September 22, 2017: Glia
Tengfei Liu, Hui Fang, Jun Liu, Stephen Reid, Juan Hou, Tingting Zhou, Zhendong Tian, Botao Song, Conghua Xie
Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) is an important enzyme that functions in producing energy and supplying intermediates for cellular metabolism. Recent researches indicate that GAPDHs have multiple functions beside glycolysis. However, little information is available for functions of GAPDHs in potato. Here we identified four putative cytosolic GAPDH genes in potato genome. The expression analysis demonstrated that the StGAPC1, StGAPC2, and StGAPC3 are constitutively expressed in potato tissues and cold inducible in tubers...
September 20, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Xing-Sheng Shu, Yingying Zhao, Yanmei Sun, Lan Zhong, Yingduan Cheng, Yixiang Zhang, Kaile Ning, Qian Tao, Yejun Wang, Ying Ying
It has long been known that patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). The innate immune system of host cells provides a first-line defence against pathogenic infection, whereas uncontrolled inflammatory response under homeostatic conditions usually leads to pathological consequences, as exemplified by the chronic inflammation of IBD. The key molecules and pathways keeping innate immunity in check are still poorly defined. Here, we report that chromatin remodeler polybromo-1 (PBRM1) is a repressor of innate immune signaling mediated by RIG-I-like receptors (RLRs)...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
Di Shen, Nataly P Podolnikova, Valentin P Yakubenko, Christopher L Ardell, Arnat Balabiyev, Tatiana P Ugarova, Xu Wang
Pleiotrophin (PTN) is a multifunctional, cationic, glycosaminoglycan-binding cytokine and growth factor involved in numerous physiological and pathological processes, including tissue repair and inflammation-related diseases. PTN has been shown to promote leukocyte responses by inducing their migration and expression of inflammatory cytokines. However, the mechanisms through which PTN mediates these responses remain unclear. Here, we identified the integrin Mac-1 (αMβ2, CD11b/CD18) as the receptor mediating macrophage adhesion and migration to PTN...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
E Kim, H Leung, N Akhtar, J Li, J R Barta, Y Wang, C Yang, E Kiarie
Epidermal growth factor (EGF), a protein known for its mitogenic and anti-apoptotic effects was fed to broiler chickens to evaluate growth performance, gastrointestinal measurements, and apparent retention (AR) of components upon challenge with Eimeria. A total of 216, d old male broiler chicks (Ross 708) were placed in cages (6 birds/cage) and allocated to treatments. The treatments were: 1) control (Lactotobacilli lactis fermentation supernatant without EGF), 2) 80 μg of EGF/kg BW/d, and 3) 160 μg of EGF/kg BW/d...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
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