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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228354/effect-of-tamoxifen-on-spermatogenesis-and-testicular-steroidogenesis
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Rachna Verma, Amitabh Krishna
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of in vivo and in vitro treatments with selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), tamoxifen on testicular functions. The testis treated with tamoxifen, in vivo or in vitro, showed dose-dependent regressive changes in spermatogenesis. This study showed that the decreased estrogenic effect due to tamoxifen may be directly responsible for decreased testicular expression of aromatase, which in turn may be responsible for decreased synthesis of estradiol in the testis...
February 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223017/novel-bcl2-inhibitor-disarib-induces-apoptosis-by-disruption-of-bcl2-bak-interaction
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Supriya V Vartak, Divyaanka Iyer, T R Santhoshkumar, Sheetal Sharma, Archita Mishra, Gunaseelan Goldsmith, Mrinal Srivastava, Shikha Srivastava, Subhas S Karki, Avadhesha Surolia, Bibha Choudhary, Sathees C Raghavan
Apoptosis is a highly regulated pathway of programmed cell death relying on the fine balance between pro and antiapoptotic binding partners. Overexpression of the antiapoptotic protein BCL2 in several cancers makes it an ideal target for chemotherapy, with minimum side effects. In one of our previous studies, we designed, synthesized and characterized Disarib, a BCL2-specific small molecule inhibitor. Interestingly, Disarib showed a novel mode of BCL2 inhibition, by predominantly binding to its BH1 domain, as compared to the BH3-specific action of other known BCL2 inhibitors...
February 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219718/a-novel-regulatory-role-of-rgs4-in-stat5b-activation-neurite-outgrowth-and-neuronal-differentiation
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Paschalina Pallaki, Eirini-Maria Georganta, Ioannis Serafimidis, Maria-Pagona Papakonstantinou, Vassilis Papanikolaou, Sofia Koutloglou, Elsa Papadimitriou, Adamantia Agalou, Aggeliki Tserga, Alexandra Simeonof, Dimitra Thomaidou, Maria Gaitanou, Zafiroula Georgoussi
The Regulator of G protein Signalling 4 (RGS4) is a multitask protein that interacts with and negatively modulates opioid receptor signalling. Previously, we showed that the δ-opioid receptor (δ-OR) forms a multiprotein signalling complex consisting of Gi/Go proteins and the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 5B (STAT5B) that leads to neuronal differentiation and neurite outgrowth upon δ-ΟR activation. Here, we investigated whether RGS4 could participate in signalling pathways to regulate neurotropic events...
February 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215535/ambra1-a-novel-bh3-like-protein-new-insights-into-the-ambra1-bcl2-family-proteins-relationship
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A Di Rita, F Strappazzon
Cellular homeostasis swings like a pendulum backward and forward between life and death. Two of the main processes, which regulate this equilibrium, are autophagy and apoptosis. While autophagy is a highly conserved self-digestion mechanism that mediates degradation of damaged or surplus components, apoptosis is a programmed cell suicide in which typical death signals induce the elimination of undesired cells. Both these processes are highly regulated by complex molecular machineries, including some common proteins whose "dual role" favors one process or the other...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197382/s100a8-stroma-cells-predict-a-good-prognosis-and-inhibit-aggressiveness-in-colorectal-carcinoma
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Si Li, Fangying Xu, Hui Li, Jing Zhang, Anjing Zhong, Bin Huang, Maode Lai
Gene microarray and bioinformatic analysis showed that S100A8 was more abundant in the stroma surrounding tumor buddings (TBs) than in the stroma surrounding primary tumor cells in colorectal carcinomas. Here, S100A8(+) cells in 419 colorectal carcinoma samples were stained by immunohistochemistry and counted using Image-pro plus 6.0. TBs were also counted and biomarkers associated with the epithelial-mesenchymal transition and apoptosis were assessed by immunohistochemistry. We evaluated the association between S100A8(+) cells and clinico-pathological variables as well as survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193280/functional-role-of-alk-related-signal-cascades-on-modulation-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-apoptosis-in-uterine-carcinosarcoma
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H Inoue, M Hashimura, M Akiya, R Chiba, M Saegusa
BACKGROUND: Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), which is a receptor tyrosine kinase, is essentially and transiently expressed in the developing nervous system. Recently, the deregulated expression of full-length ALK has been observed in some primary solid tumors, but little is known about its involvement in the tumorigenesis of uterine carcinosarcomas (UCSs). Here we examined the functional role of the ALK gene in UCSs. METHODS: Regulation and function of the ALK gene were assessed using two endometrial carcinoma cell lines...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184028/long-term-administration-of-tacrolimus-and-everolimus-prevents-high-cholesterol-high-fructose-induced-steatosis-in-c57bl-6j-mice-by-inhibiting-de-novo-lipogenesis
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Sharma Love, Malik A Mudasir, Subhash C Bhardwaj, Gurdarshan Singh, Sheikh A Tasduq
AIM: To investigate the effects of tacrolimus (TC) and everolimus (EV) on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) induced by high fat, high cholesterol and fructose (fast food) diet in C57BL/6J mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups (n=8). 1) Standard Chow (SC); 2) Fast food (FF) diet; 3) FF + Tacrolimus (TC, 1mg/kg) and; 4) FF + Everolimus (EV, 1mg/kg) and treated for 16 weeks. Serum and tissue samples were analyzed for evidence of inflammation, fibrosis, lipogenesis, and apoptosis...
February 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182330/heat-shock-protein-27-hsp27-hspb1-is-synthetic-lethal-to-cells-with-oncogenic-activation-of-met-egfr-and-braf
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John David Konda, Martina Olivero, Daniele Musiani, Simona Lamba, Maria Flavia Di Renzo
The small Heat Shock Protein of 27 KDa (HSP27) is highly expressed in many cancers and is associated with aggressive tumor behaviour, metastasis, poor prognosis and resistance to chemotherapy. We aimed at assessing the role of HSP27 in modulating responses to target therapies. We selected several oncogene-addicted cancer cell lines, which undergo either cell cycle blockade or cell death in response to agents that target the specific oncogene. Surprisingly, HSP27 suppression alone resulted in the apoptotic death of MET-addicted EBC-1 lung cancer cells, EGFR-addicted colorectal carcinoma DiFi cells and BRAF-addicted colorectal carcinoma COLO205 and OXCO-1 and melanoma COLO741 cells, all of which also undergo death when treated with the specific targeted agent...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181540/hiv-related-proteins-prolong-macrophage-survival-through-induction-of-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1
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Zhihong Yuan, Xian Fan, Bashar Staitieh, Chetna Bedi, Paul Spearman, David M Guidot, Ruxana T Sadikot
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1(TREM-1) is a member of the superimmunoglobulin receptor family. We have previously shown that TREM-1 prolongs survival of macrophages treated with lipoolysaccharide through Egr2-Bcl2 signaling. Recent studies suggest a role for TREM-1 in viral immunity. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) targets the monocyte/macrophage lineage at varying stages of infection. Emerging data suggest that macrophages are key reservoirs for latent HIV even in individuals on antiretroviral therapy...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179288/aurora-b-inhibitor-tak-901-synergizes-with-bcl-xl-inhibition-by-inducing-active-bax-in-cancer-cells
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Saomi Murai, Jennifer Matuszkiewicz, Yuumi Okuzono, Hiroyuki Miya, Ron DE Jong
BACKGROUND: Aurora B kinase plays an essential role in chromosome segregation and cytokinesis, and is dysregulated in many cancer types, making it an attractive therapeutic target. TAK-901 is a potent aurora B inhibitor that showed efficacy in both in vitro and in vivo oncology models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a synthetic lethal siRNA screening to identify the genes that, when silenced, can potentiate the cell growth-inhibitory effect of TAK-901. RESULTS: B-cell lymphoma-extra large (BCL-xL) depletion by siRNA or chemical inhibition synergized with TAK-901 in cancer cell lines...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161054/mir-136-contributes-to-pre-eclampsia-through-its-effects-on-apoptosis-and-angiogenesis-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Liqin Ji, Liping Zhang, Yani Li, Li Guo, Ni Cao, Zhiying Bai, Yingchun Song, Zhao Xu, Juan Zhang, Chunhua Liu, Xiaoxing Ma
INTRODUCTION: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play an important role in the pathology of preeclampsia (PE). The survival of MSCs and angiogenesis in the maternal-fetal interface are important for a successful pregnancy. MicroRNA-136 (miR-136) is highly expressed in decidua-derived MSCs (MSCs) from PE compared with healthy donors (NC). The role of the MSCs aberrant expressed miR-136 in PE development is still unclear. In the present study, we examined the impact of miR-136 on the survival of MSCs and angiogenesis in the maternal-fetal interface...
February 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160853/identification-of-acetylshikonin-as-the-novel-cyp2j2-inhibitor-with-anti-cancer-activity-in-hepg2-cells
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See-Hyoung Park, Nguyen Minh Phuc, Jongsung Lee, Zhexue Wu, Jieun Kim, Hyunkyoung Kim, Nam Doo Kim, Taeho Lee, Kyung-Sik Song, Kwang-Hyeon Liu
BACKGROUND: Acetylshikonin is one of the biologically active compounds derived from the root of Lithospermum erythrorhizon, a medicinal plant with anti-cancer and anti-inflammation activity. Although there have been a few previous reports demonstrating that acetylshikonin exerts anti-cancer activity in vitro and in vivo, it is still not clear what is the exact molecular target protein of acetylshikonin in cancer cells. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the inhibitory effect of acetylshikonin against CYP2J2 enzyme which is predominantly expressed in human tumor tissues and carcinoma cell lines...
January 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157696/resveratrol-induces-mitochondria-mediated-caspase-independent-apoptosis-in-murine-prostate-cancer-cells
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Sanjay Kumar, Erdal Eroglu, James A Stokes, Karyn Scissum-Gunn, Sabita N Saldanha, Udai P Singh, Upender Manne, Selvarangan Ponnazhagan, Manoj K Mishra
Found in the skins of red fruits, including grapes, resveratrol (RES) is a polyphenolic compound with cancer chemopreventive activity. Because of this activity, it has gained interest for scientific investigations. RES inhibits tumor growth and progression by targeting mitochondria-dependent or -independent pathways. However, further investigations are needed to explore the underlying mechanisms.The present study is focused on examining the role of RES-induced, mitochondria-mediated, caspase-independent apoptosis of prostate cancer cells, namely transgenic adenocarcinoma of mouse prostate (TRAMP) cells...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152473/combination-of-arabinogalactan-and-curcumin-induces-apoptosis-in-breast-cancer-cells-in-vitro-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-via-overexpression-of-p53-level-in-vivo
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Hassan Moghtaderi, Houri Sepehri, Farnoosh Attari
PURPOSE: Increased mortality associated with breast cancer in women has spurred the studies to develop new drugs. Arabinogalactan (AG) and curcumin (Cur) are two natural products broadly explored in cancer therapy. Our major goal in the current study was to assess anticancer properties of combination these reagents in vitro on human breast cancer cells and in vivo utilizing animal model of breast cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We evaluated cell proliferation, apoptosis, cell cycle, and protein expression in vitro on MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells...
January 29, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151486/star-pap-a-poly-a-polymerase-functions-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-an-orthotopic-human-breast-cancer-model
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C Yu, Y Gong, H Zhou, M Wang, L Kong, J Liu, T An, H Zhu, Y Li
Star-PAP is a noncanonical poly(A) polymerase and required for the expression of a select set of mRNAs. However, the pathological role of Star-PAP in cancer largely remains unknown. In this study, we observed decreased expression of Star-PAP in breast cancer cell lines and tissues. Ectopic Star-PAP expression inhibited proliferation as well as colony-forming ability of breast cancer cells. In breast cancer patients, high levels of Star-PAP correlated with an improved prognosis. Moreover, by regulating the expression of BIK (BCL2-interacting killer), Star-PAP induced apoptosis of breast cancer cells through the mitochondrial pathway...
February 2, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145859/phytochemical-properties-of-iranian-organic-saffron-stigma-antioxidant-anticancer-and-apoptotic-approaches
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M A Behdani, R Hoshyar
Agronomic and environmental factors affect quality and quantity of constituents in Saffron.  In this study, we compared chemical and antioxidant compounds of organic (OS) and inorganic (IOS) stigma of saffron and evaluated their anti-proliferative and apoptosis effects on cancer cells. Total antioxidant capacity of both saffron were characterized by FRAP, DPPH and Folin-Ciocalteu. HPLC and MTT methods were used to assay the amount of their secondary metabolites and anticancer effects, respectively. The expression of two apoptosis-related genes in treated cells evaluated by quantitative Real Time-PCR analysis...
December 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138710/moscatilin-induces-apoptosis-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-via-reactive-oxygen-species-and-the-jnk-sapk-pathway
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Lei Zhang, Yuan Fang, Xue-Feng Xu, Da-Yong Jin
Moscatilin is a bibenzyl derivative extracted from the Dendrobium aurantiacum var. denneanum, which has traditionally been used as an immunomodulatory treatment in China. The present study was designed to determine whether moscatilin is a pro‑apoptotic agent in pancreatic cancer, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. The apoptotic and anti‑proliferative effects of moscatilin on pancreatic cancer cells were determined in vitro using biochemical assays, such as the MTT assay, colony formation assay, Hoechst staining and DNA fragmentation assay, and in vivo using Panc‑1 pancreatic cancer xenografts...
January 25, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134252/thz1-targeting-cdk7-suppresses-stat-transcriptional-activity-and-sensitizes-t-cell-lymphomas-to-bcl2-inhibitors
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Florencia Cayrol, Pannee Praditsuktavorn, Tharu M Fernando, Nicholas Kwiatkowski, Rosella Marullo, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Jude Phillip, Benet Pera, Shao Ning Yang, Kaipol Takpradit, Lidia Roman, Marcello Gaudiano, Ramona Crescenzo, Jia Ruan, Giorgio Inghirami, Tinghu Zhang, Graciela Cremaschi, Nathanael S Gray, Leandro Cerchietti
Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) are aggressive diseases with poor response to chemotherapy and dismal survival. Identification of effective strategies to target PTCL biology represents an urgent need. Here we report that PTCL are sensitive to transcription-targeting drugs, and, in particular, to THZ1, a covalent inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 7 (CDK7). The STAT-signalling pathway is highly vulnerable to THZ1 even in PTCL cells that carry the activating STAT3 mutation Y640F. In mutant cells, CDK7 inhibition decreases STAT3 chromatin binding and expression of highly transcribed target genes like MYC, PIM1, MCL1, CD30, IL2RA, CDC25A and IL4R...
January 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123519/role-of-gambogic-acid-and-nai-131-in-a549-ddp-cells
#19
Jing Huang, Xiaoli Zhu, Huan Wang, Shuhua Han, Lu Liu, Yan Xie, Daozhen Chen, Qiang Zhang, Li Zhang, Yue Hu
Resistance to platinum in tumor tissue is a considerable barrier against effective lung cancer treatment. Radionuclide therapy is the primary adjuvant treatment, however, the toxic side effects limit its dosage in the clinical setting. Therefore, the present study aimed to determine whether an NaI(131) radiosensitizer could help reduce the toxic side effects of radionuclide therapy. In vitro experiments were conducted to determine whether NaI(131) can inhibit platinum resistance in A549/DDP cells, which are cisplatin-resistant non-small cell lung cancer cells, and whether gambogic acid (GA) is an effective NaI(131) radiosensitizer...
January 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122742/ex-vivo-drug-response-profiling-detects-recurrent-sensitivity-patterns-in-drug-resistant-all
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Viktoras Frismantas, Maria Pamela Dobay, Anna Rinaldi, Joelle Tchinda, Samuel H Dunn, Joachim Kunz, Paulina Richter-Pechanska, Blerim Marovca, Orrin Pail, Silvia Jenni, Ernesto Diaz-Flores, Bill H Chang, Timothy J Brown, Robert H Collins, Sebastian Uhrig, Gnana P Balasubramanian, Obul R Bandapalli, Salome Higi, Sabrina Eugster, Pamela Voegeli, Mauro Delorenzi, Gunnar Cario, Mignon L Loh, Martin Schrappe, Martin Stanulla, Andreas E Kulozik, Martina U Muckenthaler, Vaskar Saha, Julie A Irving, Roland Meisel, Thomas Radimerski, Arend Von Stackelberg, Cornelia Eckert, Jeffrey W Tyner, Peter Horvath, Beat C Bornhauser, Jean-Pierre Bourquin
Drug sensitivity and resistance testing on diagnostic leukemia samples should provide important functional information to guide actionable target and biomarker discovery. We provide proof of concept data by profiling 60 drugs on 68 acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) samples mostly from resistant disease in co-cultures on bone marrow stromal cells. Patient-derived xenografts retained the original pattern of mutations found in the matched patient material. Stromal co-culture did not prevent leukemia cell cycle activity, while a specific sensitivity profile to cell cycle related drugs identified samples with higher cell proliferation both in vitro and in vivo as leukemia xenografts...
January 25, 2017: Blood
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