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Haojie Zhang, Lu Sheng, Jing Tao, Ran Chen, Yang Li, Zhongquan Sun, Weiqing Qian
The triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM-2) is suggested to be involved in the development of certain human malignancies. However, the functions of TREM-2 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are still less known. To reveal the effects of TREM-2 on the RCC progression, we examined the TREM-2 expression in RCC tumor tissues. Then, we analyzed the cell proliferation, cell apoptosis, cell cycle and expression of the relative factors in two selected RCC cell lines post RNA interference. We also analyzed the functions of TREM-2 in an in vivo nude mouse model...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Le Li, Creed M Stary
Astrocytes and microglia play crucial roles in the response to cerebral ischemia and are effective targets for stroke therapy in animal models. MicroRNAs (miRs) are important posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression that function by inhibiting the translation of select target genes. In astrocytes, miR expression patterns regulate mitochondrial function in response to oxidative stress via targeting of Bcl2 and heat shock protein 70 family members. Mitochondria play an active role in microglial activation, and miRs regulate the microglial neuroinflammatory response...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Annalisa Lonetti, Alessandra Cappellini, Alice Bertaina, Franco Locatelli, Andrea Pession, Francesca Buontempo, Camilla Evangelisti, Cecilia Evangelisti, Ester Orsini, Laura Zambonin, Luca Maria Neri, Alberto Maria Martelli, Francesca Chiarini
BACKGROUND: Although in recent years, the introduction of novel chemotherapy protocols has improved the outcome of T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) patients, refractory and/or relapsing disease remains a foremost concern. In this context, a major contribution was provided by the introduction of the nucleoside analog nelarabine, approved for salvage treatment of T-ALL patients with refractory/relapsed disease. However, nelarabine could induce a life-threatening, dose-dependent neurotoxicity...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Tao Lin, Jae Eun Lee, Reza K Oqani, So Yeon Kim, Eun Seok Cho, Yong Dae Jeong, Jun Jong Baek, Dong Il Jin
The aim of this study is to investigate whether endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress attenuation could improve porcine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryo developmental competence. We treated porcine SCNT embryos with TUDCA (tauroursodeoxycholic acid, an inhibitor of ER stress) and/or TM (tunicamycin, an ER stress inducer), and examined embryonic developmental potential, embryo quality, the levels of ER stress markers (XBP1 protein and mRNA) and apoptosis-related-genes (BAX and BCL2 mRNA). Immunostaining detected X-box-binding protein (XBP1), a key gene regulator during ER stress, at all stages of SCNT embryo development...
October 17, 2016: Reproductive Biology
Alexander N Shikov, Olga N Pozharitskaya, Valery G Makarov
PURPOSE: Aralia elata var. mandshurica (Rupr. & Maxim.) J.Wen syn. A. mandshurica Rupr. & Maxim is evaluated for its medicinal application. The aim of this study is to analyze pharmacological studies on A. elata var. mandshurica published until December 2015. METHODS: The information regarding the chemistry, safety, effectiveness, and pharmacological and clinical effects of A. elata was systematically collected from the scientific literature through library catalogs; online services such as E-library...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Guangxian Zhang, Xiancheng Zeng, Ren Zhang, Juan Liu, Weici Zhang, Yujun Zhao, Xiaoyuan Zhang, Zhixue Wu, Yuhui Tan, Yingya Wu, Biaoyan Du
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy of the liver, occurs frequently in the setting of chronic liver injury. Although multiple therapeutic approaches are available, the prognosis of patients with HCC remains poor. Dioscin is a natural steroid saponin that presents in various plants. The anti-cancer and anti-fibrotic effects have been extensively reported. However, the effect of dioscin on HCC remains unclear. We aimed to investigate the anti-HCC properties of dioscin in vitro and in vivo...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Maria Prokofjeva, Vladimir Tsvetkov, Dmitry Basmanov, Anna Varizhuk, Maria Lagarkova, Igor Smirnov, Kirill Prusakov, Dmitry Klinov, Vladimir Prassolov, Galina Pozmogova, Sergey N Mikhailov
New natural and chemically modified DNA aptamers that inhibit HIV-1 activity at submicromolar concentrations (presumably via preventing viral entry into target cells) are reported. The new DNA aptamers were developed based on known intramolecular G-quadruplexes (G4s) that were functionally unrelated to HIV inhibition [the thrombin-binding aptamer and the fragment of the human oncogene promoter (Bcl2)]. The majority of previously described DNA inhibitors of HIV infection adopt intermolecular structures, and thus their folding variability represents an obvious disadvantage...
October 20, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Xinhui Wu, Yao Fu, Xulei Sun, Chang Liu, Menglong Chai, Chengzhen Chen, Lisheng Dai, Yan Gao, Hao Jiang, Jiabao Zhang
Porcine cumulus cells are localized around oocytes and act as a specific type of granulosa that plays essential roles in the development and maturation of oocytes, the development and atresia of follicles and the development of embryos. Studies of FAT1 have demonstrated its functions in cell-cell contact, actin dynamics, and cell growth suppression. To understand whether the FAT1 gene affects the apoptosis of porcine cumulus cells and to elucidate the mechanism of this potential action, FAT1 was knocked down using RNA interference...
October 20, 2016: Cell Biology International
Konstantinos Tzelepis, Hiroko Koike-Yusa, Etienne De Braekeleer, Yilong Li, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Oliver M Dovey, Annalisa Mupo, Vera Grinkevich, Meng Li, Milena Mazan, Malgorzata Gozdecka, Shuhei Ohnishi, Jonathan Cooper, Miten Patel, Thomas McKerrell, Bin Chen, Ana Filipa Domingues, Paolo Gallipoli, Sarah Teichmann, Hannes Ponstingl, Ultan McDermott, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Brian J P Huntly, Francesco Iorio, Cristina Pina, George S Vassiliou, Kosuke Yusa
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis, for which mainstream treatments have not changed for decades. To identify additional therapeutic targets in AML, we optimize a genome-wide clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) screening platform and use it to identify genetic vulnerabilities in AML cells. We identify 492 AML-specific cell-essential genes, including several established therapeutic targets such as DOT1L, BCL2, and MEN1, and many other genes including clinically actionable candidates...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Yuan-Chin Lee, Ying-Jung Chen, Chia-Hui Huang, Long-Sen Chang
Previous studies have attributed the anticancer activity of amsacrine to its inhibitory effect on topoisomerase II. However, 9-aminoacridine derivatives, which have the same structural scaffold as amsacrine, induce cancer cell apoptosis by altering the expression of BCL2 family proteins. Therefore, in the present study, we assessed whether BCL2 family proteins mediated the cytotoxic effects of amsacrine on human leukemia U937 cells. Amsacrine-induced apoptosis of U937 cells was characterized by caspase-9 and caspase-3 activation, increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, mitochondrial depolarization, and MCL1 down-regulation...
October 19, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Jianheng Wu, Linfan Li, Guangyuan Jiang, Hui Zhan, Nannan Wang
Aberrant expression of oncogenes and/or tumor suppressors play fundamental roles in the pathogenesis of glioma. B-cell CLL/lymphoma 3 (BCL3) was previously found to be a putative proto-oncogene in human cancers and the decoy receptor DcR1 is induced in a p50/Bcl3-dependent manner and attenuates the efficacy of temozolomide in glioblastoma cells. However, its expression status, clinical significance and biological functions in glioma remain largely unknown. In the present study, the levels of BCL3 were overexpressed in glioma compared to normal brain tissues...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Yaming Du, Peng Wang, Hongzhi Sun, Jing Yang, Xianping Lang, Zhongbin Wang, Sheng Zang, Lei Chen, Junjun Ma, Daohan Sun
HCRP1 has been reported to have tumor suppressive function. However, its expression pattern and function in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remain obscure. This study aims to explore clinical significance of HCRP1 in NSCLC. Immunohistochemical results showed high HCRP1 protein in normal bronchial epithelial tissue and downregulated HCRP1 expression in 47/98 lung cancer specimens. HCRP1 downregulation correlated with clinical stage (p = 0.0203), nodal status (p = 0.0168), and poor patient prognosis (log-rank, p = 0...
October 13, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Tahereh Javaheri, Zahra Kazemi, Jan Pencik, Ha Tt Pham, Maximilian Kauer, Rahil Noorizadeh, Barbara Sax, Harini Nivarthi, Michaela Schlederer, Barbara Maurer, Maximillian Hofbauer, Dave Nt Aryee, Marc Wiedner, Eleni M Tomazou, Malcolm Logan, Christine Hartmann, Jan P Tuckermann, Lukas Kenner, Mario Mikula, Helmut Dolznig, Aykut Üren, Günther H Richter, Florian Grebien, Heinrich Kovar, Richard Moriggl
Ewing sarcoma (ES) is the second most frequent childhood bone cancer driven by the EWS/FLI1 (EF) fusion protein. Genetically defined ES models are needed to understand how EF expression changes bone precursor cell differentiation, how ES arises and through which mechanisms of inhibition it can be targeted. We used mesenchymal Prx1-directed conditional EF expression in mice to study bone development and to establish a reliable sarcoma model. EF expression arrested early chondrocyte and osteoblast differentiation due to changed signaling pathways such as hedgehog, WNT or growth factor signaling...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Yan Xiu, Wingel Y Xue, Allyn Lambertz, Mariah Leidinger, Katherine Gibson-Corley, Chen Zhao
Previously we have shown that loss of non-canonical NF-κB signaling impairs self-renewal of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). This prompted us to investigate whether persistent activation of the non-canonical NF-κB signaling will have supportive effects on HSPC self-renewal. NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) is an important kinase that mainly activates the non-canonical pathway through directly phosphorylating IKKα. In contrast to our expectations, constitutive activation of NIK in the hematopoietic system leads to bone marrow failure and postnatal lethality due to intrinsic impairment of HSPC self-renewal and extrinsic disruption of bone marrow microenvironment through enhancing osteoclastogenesis...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Tahir Ali, Min Ju Kim, Shafiq Ur Rehman, Ashfaq Ahmad, Myeong Ok Kim
Nanomedicine is an emerging research area. In this study, we investigated the neuroprotective efficacy of anthocyanin-loaded polyethylene glycol-gold nanoparticles (PEG-AuNPs) for enhancing the neuroprotective efficacy of anthocyanins in an amyloid beta (Aβ)1-42 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. We observed that both anthocyanin-loaded PEG-AuNPs and anthocyanins treatment (12 μg/g/day for 14 days) ameliorated memory impairments in the Aβ1-42-injected mice. However, the anthocyanin-loaded PEG-AuNPs were more effective than free anthocyanins...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Imran Khan, Souren Paul, Rekha Jakhar, Monika Bhardwaj, Jaehong Han, Sun Chul Kang
Although quercetin is very well known for its anticancer activity, however it shows some drawbacks. Herein, we have evaluated the apoptotic effect TEF (5, 3'-dihydroxy-3, 7, 4'-triethoxyflavone), a newly synthesized quercetin derivative on HCT-116 colon cancer cells. After 24h of treatment, the proliferation of colon cancer cells was inhibited by TEF. TEF induced apoptosis, as confirmed by the presence of fragmented nuclei, reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, and elevated cytoplasmic and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels...
October 6, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Mohamed Salah I Abaza, Mohammad Afzal, Raja'a J Al-Attiyah, Radhika Guleri
BACKGROUND: Natural products are valuable sources for anticancer agents. In the present study, methylferulate (MF) was identified for the first time from Tamarix aucheriana. Spectral data were used for identification of MF. The potential of MF to control cell growth, cell cycle, apoptosis, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), cancer cell invasion, nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB) DNA-binding activity and proteasomal activities, as well as the enhancement of chemosensitivity in human colorectal cancer cells, were evaluated...
October 1, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Atiye Seda Yar Saglam, Ebru Alp, Zubeyir Elmazoglu, Emine Sevda Menevse
The activation of the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase/v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog (Akt) and mitogen activated protein kinase kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathways are implicated in the majority of cancers. Selective inhibition of Akt and ERK represents a potential approach for cancer therapy. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects of the novel and selective Akt inhibitor 4-amino-5,8-dihydro-5-oxo-8-β-D-ribofuranosyl-pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidine-6-carboxamide (API-1) and selective ERK1/2 inhibitor FR180204 (FR) alone and in combination on colorectal cancer (CRC) cells (DLD-1 and LoVo)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Vinod A Pullarkat, Edward M Newman
Venetoclax is an oral drug with an excellent side-effect profile that has the potential to revolutionize acute myeloid leukemia (AML) therapy in two areas. Venetoclax-based combination therapies could be a bridge to hematopoietic cell transplant with curative intent for patients with refractory/relapsed AML, and venetoclax-based therapy could provide meaningful survival prolongation for older patients with AML who are not candidates for more aggressive therapies. Cancer Discov; 6(10); 1082-3. ©2016 AACR.See related article by Konopleva and colleagues, p...
October 2016: Cancer Discovery
Gilad Itchaki, Jennifer R Brown
Venetoclax (VEN, ABT-199/GDC-0199) is an orally bioavailable BH3-mimetic that specifically inhibits the anti-apoptotic B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 2 (BCL2) protein. Although BCL2 overexpression is not genetically driven in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), it is nearly universal and represents a highly important and prevalent mechanism of apoptosis evasion, making it an attractive therapeutic target. This review summarizes the role of BCL2 in CLL pathogenesis, the development path targeting its inhibition prior to VEN, and the preclinical and clinical data regarding the effectiveness and safety of VEN...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
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